Spalletti aims jab at Di Canio over Leao incident: “Let’s go teach children around the world…”

By Oliver Fisher -

Luciano Spalletti did not agree with the referee’s decisions last night nor was he a fan of what Paolo Di Canio said about them either, it appears.

Granted, the major decisions on the night did go against Napoli in terms of cards as they were dealt two big blows in the second half with Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa received two yellow cards within minutes and then Kim Min-jae also got a booking which rules him out of the second leg.

However, there could be no complaints about what led to the Cameroonian midfielder’s second yellow as he caught Theo with a high boot, while the South Korean defender went through the back of Alexis Saelemaekers before showing dissent to the official.

As MilanNews report, was some tension in the post match interview that Spalletti did with Sky Italia. The Napoli coach was clearly annoyed by the – according to him – bad refereeing direction by Kovacs during the game, and he took on Di Canio who criticised Kim for blatant protests.

“Let’s look at Zielinski’s yellow card and the one he didn’t give Krunic. Let’s talk about the flag: there is no more striking gesture than this. You who talk about Kim’s striking gestures, let’s go teach children around the world that if you play football you can break the flag,” he said.

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    1. The referee was just a joke and you know it’s bad when both sides have a reason to complain, I’m still fuming about the clear penalties of Krunic and saele

    2. as much as i think he complains too much about cards i agree that he is correct in regard of leao. I was furious when he did that and if i was at the helm of the club i would give him a warning as it could have been costly and who knows if there still coud be some reprecaustions if uefa picks it up because it was a crystal clear yellow card.

    3. True. At least about the flag.

      But let’s be real, Milan was the one getting the short end of the stick by the ref in this game.

      Never seen anyone behaving like Kim and not getting carded. (Maybe Juve players during their “reign”.) And the reality is – he should have been carded earlier for hacking Giroud.

      The ref was letting things go early in the game, and both side benefited from this.

      Spal is just looking for anyone to blame at this point and to refocus the discussion away from football after the loss.

  1. The ref was not good and both teams suffered from that.
    Leao absolutely deserved a yellow card for his stupidity.
    I still can’t believe that Krunic finished the game without a yellow.
    But we also had a penalty on Saelemakers that wasn’t called.
    Anguissa should have never gotten the 1st yellow card because there was a foul on Kvara 3 seconds before that wasn’t called.
    Kim yellow was warranted, just like zielinski’s.

  2. As for the flag, I feel Rafa would have gotten a yellow card if Milan were AWAY from home as it would have a different interpretation. Home advantage, I guess. Yes, he got lucky!❤️🖤

  3. Idk it didn’t look like leao kicked the flag hard or with any intention to break or dislodge it. I disagree the game was reffed poorly. Those would have been soft penalties and he gave Napoli just as much leeway as Milan. He let the game play and didn’t intervene on 50/50 calls. Better to under officiate than over call soft fouls.

    1. regardless of of how hard or which intention he kicked the flag it doesnt really matter as he did it and its pretty much as simple as that just as if a player rips off his shirt or something its against the ruleset

    2. Soft penalties? what are you on? A foul is a foul, Krunic was dragged down by 2 hands, and Saele was just fouled. A decent referee would given penalties for both.

  4. Spaletti keeps talking about the referee just shows he doesn’t have a fkin clue why his team lost 4-0 and 1-0 to Milan.

    Heck, he should thanks the referee for not punish his team with two pinalties after Rahmani took down Krunic and Alexis inside the box.

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