Paolo Valeri has been picked to referee Juventus-Milan, something which is described by MilanNews as a ‘very questionable designation’.
The memories that Milan have of Valeri are not good, and there are two precedents from this season which do not bode well, both in the Coppa Italia. In the first case he decided to give Gigio Donnarumma a straight red for a protest from the bench, denying him the possibility of playing the derby of the next round.
In the next round against Inter, the verbal duel of Ibrahimovic and Lukaku ended when Valeri sent the Swede off for a foul in midfield by showing him a second yellow, which turned the match around.
There is even a precedent against Juventus, as back on 18 February 2020 in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final – with the Rossoneri deservedly leading 1-0 thanks to Rebic’s goal – Valeri warned some Milan players including Ibrahimovic and sent Theo Hernandez off for a second yellow, omitting similar measures towards Juventus players.
Valeri has given out 13 red cards to Milan in the 33 games he has taken charge of. “Certainly the choice could fall on someone else,” writes the report.