MN: Two more incidents go against Milan during derby stalemate with Inter

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have once again been left questioning the decisions of the officials in the aftermath of the 0-0 derby draw against Inter, which continues a familiar narrative.

In the post-match dissection of what was a poor spectacle, MilanNews write how two incidents in particular could have gone the other way and subsequently influences the outcome of the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final.

The first and most contentious incident is Milan Skriniar’s ‘rugby tackle’ against Olivier Giroud just minutes into the second half. The referee Maurizio Mariani had a full view of what happened, but he saw no reason to intervene despite the protests and despite the Inter defender not looking at the ball, and VAR did not advise him to check.

The second episode occurred in the Milan area this and it was Lautaro Martinez’s stamp on Mike Maignan. The Argentine’s foot is in such a position that he knows he is about to put his full weight into the stamp and with the ball not really close and given the recklessness, a red seemed more appropriate than a yellow.

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  1. I understand the mistrust in the refs given all that’s happened but I thought the ref did an acceptable job in this game. Martinez could have been a red sure but given that he otherwise had a clean game a yellow also seems appropriate. Giroud and Skriniar was 50/50 both holding and pushing against each other.

  2. @ Nelli , please read the article again , both holding each other is normal, football is a contact game , but skriniar wasn’t looking at the ball , that should have been a penalty.

    1. Nelli is looking at last years game not yesterdays
      Rugby is not our game Skrinner was not even looking at the ball
      Skrinner was taking out the attacker no matter what………. that’s a penalty Nelli !
      the Ref is on the same medication you are on

  3. I love Giroud and I don’t find that he goes down easily generally speaking (I hate the players who flop too much — like so many on Atletico Madrid and too many other players and teams to list!); BUT I do think he went down too easily on that one. I’m not so upset we didn’t get the PK there; but I do think Martinez made absolutely NO effort to reduce the force of his stomp and frankly to me looked enough like he was very OK with it to the point that it looked dirty. But definitely reckless enough for a red card.

  4. It’s very clear that there are people in Italy and Europe that DO NOT want AC Milan to be near the top again.
    All season in the league , cup and CL we’ve got some bad calls- even opposition supporters have agreed.

    Solution though is to put away the chances that come and to do that we need a capable AM (Adli), RW and strikers who are under 30.
    I’m fine with Giroud and Ibra but we can’t rely on them for 90 minute’s each game.

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