Ex-referee believes Milan should have had a penalty against Liverpool for foul on Kessie

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan should have had a penalty early in the second half of their 2-1 defeat against Liverpool tonight, according to a former Italian referee.

Graziano Cesari analysed some of the key incidents during his segment for SportMediaset (via MilanNews) and revealed his belief that on 49 minutes the Rossoneri should have been given a spot kick as Kessie went down.

The Ivorian ran into the area and got some contact from Tsimikas as he was about to get to the ball. The referee Makkelie and the VAR chief Van Boekel thought there was nothing in it, but Cesari thinks the Greek pushed Kessie and also made contact with the thigh of the midfielder.

This should be a penalty also in Europe as per Cesari and there is absolutely no shoulder to shoulder like was the justification of some supporters. Divock Origi would score the winner up the other end a few minutes later.

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  1. nah Kessie was looking for a foul the moment he was covered. Let’s not play this game where we point at uncalled fouls that go 50/50 and think of what could have been. If that were called on Liverpool and been a deciding goal there’d be riots in the street

  2. Who cares. Yes. But we should have beaten Atleti on match 1 but for agregious ref cheating and we wouldn’t even be in this predicament, we’d be qualified. Uefa is dirty. Give me the super league.

  3. I’ve said it before but only in Italy might this be given as a penalty. And the same with small fouls all over the pitch that just aren’t fouls in the premier league or (with a decent ref at least) in UCL. The refereeing in Italy is letting the league down and letting Italian teams down in Europe, Milan were nowhere near the intensity of Liverpool and I think it’s partly because they’re used to winning lots of small fouls to diffuse situations when they are under pressure.

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