Gianluca Mancini insists Milan should not have received a penalty and Roma were denied a spot-kick. ‘In the Premier League, they’d laugh if you officiated like that.’
The 2-1 result for the Rossoneri at the Stadio Olimpico was decided by a Zlatan Ibrahimovic free kick and Franck Kessie penalty, the latter awarded for a Roger Ibanez challenge on Ibrahimovic.
Stephan El Shaarawy pulled one back late on and there were penalty appeals for a Simon Kjaer challenge on Lorenzo Pellegrini.
Jose Mourinho was so angry that he refused to answer any questions, assuming he would receive another touchline ban.
“We share the coach’s anger, everyone saw the incidents. The penalty on Ibanez was absolutely not a penalty. The referee was told to view it again on VAR, he still made that decision,” centre-back Mancini told DAZN.
“Defenders aren’t allowed to tackle, we have to jump with our arms behind our backs, that’s not football.
“Then there was a huge penalty at the end where Kjaer caught Pellegrini on the shin. That’s a penalty, but VAR did not intervene. It was clear as day.
“Referees come to talk to us, they say be careful with handling offences, and that makes all us defenders have to jump like penguins.
“They keep saying they don’t want to give so many penalties, yet award penalties like that. It was a perfectly normal tackle in the box with two players going for the ball. Ibrahimovic wasn’t even in a position to shoot.
“Referees can make mistakes, just like players, we are all human beings. However, there are five officials or something in the VAR, if they call you over to view it again, it means you’ve made a mistake.
“I went to Maresca after the final whistle and told him what I told you, that it was a normal tackle and Ibrahimovic couldn’t even shoot.”
Mancini also noted that Maresca had lost control of the match, flashing cards far too easily throughout the encounter.
“I am someone who watches a lot of football. I think 12 yellow cards was far too many for this game. Look at the Premier League, they’d laugh if you officiated like that, especially with that penalty.
“I don’t want to show a lack of respect to anyone, but honestly, it feels like a joke. Kjaer didn’t get the ball, he only got Pellegrini’s calf. I feel taken for a ride.”
▪️Tammy Abraham has a shot blocked ⛔️
▪️Milan break & Zlatan is taken down in the box 😫
▪️Kessie scores from the spot 💥
An eventful few minutes in Rome as Milan take a 2-0 lead 😅 pic.twitter.com/0gua3KKKvF
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 31, 2021