Pioli: Referee Apologised for Error as Milan Blow Chance to Go Top

Pioli: Referee Apologised for Error as Milan Blow Chance to Go Top Photo: TT
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Referee Marco Serra apologised to the AC Milan players and coaches according to Rossoneri boss Stefano Pioli following Monday’s shock 2-1 loss to Spezia.

Serra made a crucial mistake, blowing his whistle early when Milan won a free-kick on the edge of the box, with Junior Messias netting only for the referee not to play the advantage.

The goal would have put Milan 2-1 up at the time, before Spezia grabbed a late winner from Emanuel Gyasi.

The result means Milan missed the chance to leapfrog Inter Milan to go top in Serie A.

“I tried to calm my players down, but I didn’t manage as Spezia’s goal proves,” Pioli told Dazn.

“We knew it was an injustice, we have ourselves to blame, but we share responsibility with the referee. I am sorry to say that. He even apologised, maybe that wasn’t even a fault. Its a shame.

“However, we should have scored more goals in the first half, its a bad night and we must react now.”

Gazzetta dello Sport have reported that Serra will be demoted and face a lengthy stint on the sidelines for his error.

According to their report, the chiefs of the referee association (AIA) also apologised to Milan for the costly blunder.

Elsewhere, Hirving Lozano netted a double as third-placed Napoli won 2-0 at Bologna to move within four points of leaders Inter.

Sixth-placed Fiorentina remained in touch with Dusan Vlahovic among the scorers in their 6-0 victory over Genoa.

Ben somerford
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