Watch: Hateboer tackle sparks VAR controversy in Milan’s draw vs. Atalanta

By Isak Möller -

AC Milan were held to a 1-1 draw by Atalanta this evening, despite creating a lot more dangerous chances than the Bergamo side. And the clash wasn’t without controversy, as  a result of a nasty Hans Hateboer challenge. 

It was at the start of the second half, in the 48th minute, when Rafael Leao managed to get past Hateboer. The Dutchman responded with a tackle and the Portuguese winger went down, screaming in pain.

Referee Fabio Maresca gave a yellow card to the defender but the replays left most viewers stunned as to why VAR didn’t intervene. Hateboer came in with his studs first and it was a ‘clear connection’ with Leao’s leg.

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Tags AC Milan Atalanta Hans Hateboer Rafael Leao


      1. Did anyone think that Valeri in the VAR booth would do anything usefull? He was there only to get some sleep.

        Clear red card, no doubt about it. You just can’t slide with your studs up to opponents shins.

  1. Definite red card.
    I can’t explain why VAR didn’t step in and upgrade the call by on-field ref.
    The game was stopped for a while and there was an easy opportunity for VAR to intervene.

  2. the refs all stick together like theives, granted a red card puts them at 10 but that does not insure we would have won……..however it was clearly a red card he in no way even seemed remorseful, Hateboer’s day will come.

  3. its a red but we have to push ourselves not looking for controversial mistakes even though they are important part but lets just say we have to be better the signs of weakness were there lets move on

  4. It’s a very reckless challenge that can easily injure someone on a bad day. So red it is. Maybe we have to do similar thing like Inter players often do, crowding out the ref ’till he checks it again.

  5. Why are we bothered about red or yellow, if the outcome of that decision was already pre determined. We should do our best even if they break our legs. It’s for that reason we pay our players and their agents in millions. Honestly we didn’t do our best. Bennacer is an amazing player with a magical shot therefore we coast. Else we should’ve lost that game many times before benna’s goal. Management is also responsible for not having the right people (excluding players) crowding the refs to appeal this decision. Forza Milan

  6. That is definitely a clear red card. Reckless. Studs up all the way. No effort by Hateboer to take studs away or bend his knee to soften the tackle.
    Referee maybe didn’t see but it’s VAR responsibility to intervene there and tell referee to watch the replay. VAR is at fault for this mistake.

  7. Fck. He could have broken his leg.

    Lets just be grateful that leao is okay.

    The anti milan referees can just suck my dck

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