Conflicting reports emerge regarding potential apology to Milan from AIA after Serra error

By Oliver Fisher -

The Italian media disagree over whether the Italian Referees’ Association reached out to AC Milan to apologise after the debacle against Spezia on Monday.

Marco Serra’s decision to blow his whistle early after Ante Rebic was fouled in injury time with the score at 1-1 proved costly, because Junior Messias saw his goal wrongly chalked off after he curled an effort into the top corner with the referee having whistled almost simultaneously, thus negating the advantage he should have played.

There have been all kinds of reports since stating that Milan players consoled a distraught Serra after the game, and according to Il Giornale (via MilanNews) the referee designator Rocchi phoned Paolo Maldini to make an official apology on behalf of the AIA for the serious mistake committed.

However, Tuttosport (via MilanLive) report that internal sources from the AIA have claimed that there was no formal message of apology to Milan after the match against Spezia, because any such admission of error and official apology would create an ‘uncomfortable precedent’.

READ MORE: Milan handed €3K fine for angry reactions to officiating in Spezia defeat

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  1. lol. who cares? They can keep their apologies and their suspensions. This ref gets suspended and another amatuer will just come in his place.

  2. Lol this is exactly what’s wrong with AIA. They need a reality check, and apology would show they are willing to own their mistakes and grow. But no they are too prideful and arrogant.

  3. i think serie a wants to be like a league which has 5-6 teams fighting for scudetto by targeting the stronger. IG everyone knows milan’s determination so they dont want it to be like that they want more competition.

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