The Bianconeri took an early lead in yesterday’s Serie A opener thanks to Rodrigo Becao but the Rossoneri quickly struck back, with Theo Hernandez netting a penalty in the 11th minute and Ante Rebic doubling the lead four minutes later. Adam Masina found an equaliser for Udinese just before half time, but it wasn’t enough to salvage the afternoon as Milan dominated the second half.
Speaking to Udinese TV after the match, Marino underlined his rage towards the officiating decisions in the defeat, highlighting how Milan don’t need the help.
“Infuriated, and all of us in Udinese must be. We suffered a blatantly wrong penalty that put the game on a downhill path for us against Milan. We did well to go into halftime level, but without that penalty we could have brought home points.
“It angers us more that Milan doesn’t need this help. Moreover, the guidelines from the refereeing leadership are contradicted every 15 days. The referee had operated well and the VAR had not.
“At halftime I asked Marinelli why he had retraced his steps, but those on VAR end up refereeing and that is not good, VAR should be an aid, not a disturbance. And today it was a disturbance.
“We still have some issues due to the fact that the team has changed technical guidance and Sottil’s concepts will give great results, but at the 45th minute it could have been morally 2-0 to us. Without that penalty the game wouldn’t have gone downhill.”
The victory is a perfect start for Stefano Pioli’s squad, who are looking to defend their Scudetto this season after last campaign’s hard-fought glory. Their next match is against Atalanta on August 21.
Udinese will be hoping to bounce back in their next game against Salernitana on August 20.