GdS: Massa and Di Bello criticised – Milan had a clear penalty

By Oliver Fisher -

Referee Davide Massa got at least one call badly wrong during AC Milan’s draw with Bologna and he was not helped by VAR, a report claims.

This morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (via PianetaMilan) has analysed the key incidents during the 1-1 draw at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, assigning a rating of 5.5 out of 10 to Massa for his ‘fluctuating’ performance.

It took 33 seconds for some controversy to arrive when the hosts took the lead thanks to Nicola Sansone’s goal, and it looked like Michel Aebischer’s tackle on Fodé Ballo-Touré could be a foul, but VAR checked it and the goal was considered valid.

It was in the sixth minute that one of Milan’s big appeals came as Ante Rebic had his foot quite clearly stamped on by Adama Soumaoro and that should have been a penalty, but Marco Di Bello on VAR did not intervene.

In the 90th minute there was another shout when Aster Vranckx kicked the ball at Jhon Lucumí and it clearly struck him on the arm which was outstretched, however it could fall within what is classed as game dynamics, plus it was from close range and came off his chest first.

Tags AC Milan Bologna Milan


  1. Not quite accurate. I’m gonna stop you right there Oli 😉

    The second penalty doesn’t apply because it hits the player’s torso before hitting the arm. That doesn’t count as a pen.
    I 100% agree on the Rebic incident though. That was a clear foul.

    Overal dreadful refereeing 🙂

  2. Refereeing was fine, maybe a mistake but was fine overall. Our attack is awful that’s a fact… and it has been for years now.

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