Former referee on ‘total lack of concentration’ as it was ‘never a penalty’ against Milan

By Isak Möller -

Until Franck Kessie was sent off, AC Milan completely dominated Atletico Madrid and looked to be heading for their first win in the Champions League this season. Indeed, there was some controversy involved in the defeat. 

Kessie was booked twice in the span of 14 minutes and many believe that it was a harsh decision. The former Italian referee, Mauro Bergonzi, said that it’s a decision that can be backed given Kessie’s clumsiness (read here).

In the same interview, that is with MilanNews, the referee was asked about the penalty that Atletico Madrid were awarded in stoppage time. As has been said already by the fans, it should never have been given.

“The episode of the penalty involves a total lack of concentration. It’s as if he can’t wait to finish the game. The players are very close together and the Milan defender doesn’t have the time to move his arm behind his back, There is no voluntariness, no voluntary act of handling the ball by Kalulu.

“That is never, never a penalty! And in addition to this, it’s evident that Lemar first touched the ball with his hand and this causes the ball to touch Kalulu’s arm. The images are very clear: I have no idea why he didn’t go to the monitor, why VAR didn’t call him back, why he didn’t change his mind,” he stated.

Milan will have to move on from what was a very tough evening as they will face Atalanta on Sunday evening. They want to continue their unbeaten run and in order to do that, they will have to be fully focused on the game.

READ MORE: AC Milan 1-2 Atletico Madrid: Five things we learned – controversy decisive; team effort

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  1. I am not a conspiracy theorist… but either UEFA is out to get Milan for the super league or FFP, the ref took a bribe, or he has severe brain damage.
    that was the WORST reffing i have ever seen .. ever.. let alone in CL… i could have done a better job… seriously… the players would have done a better job reffing themselves like in a pick up game
    a ref cant give a yellow to Kessie and not even call a foul on athetico for the exact same thing
    Totally obscene and clearly UEFA is incapable of doing anything else then filling their pockets like no transfers of money to clubs during COVID!
    Definitely time for the super league… watch Fever Pitch about the creation of the Premier League in 1992… that was the birth of modern football and the original “super league”
    time to do to UEFA what was done to the FA

  2. So first thing first the penalty is on the VAR assistant referee. He decides if it must be seen or not. So fire him immediately. There is no excuse for taking that long to review with all the technology at your disposal and coming up with a clear error.

    That said that was the softest second yellow I’ve ever seen on Kessie and that is on the ref. I mean really, have some situational awareness.
    Particularly bone headed move to pull back opponent after only 10 minutes with no threat for the first yellow though.

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