It sounds like Milan are not taking Andrea Conti’s three match ban lying down, after a dispute arose between Conti and the referee.
Milan put out a statement on their website that read, in part:
This is a strict measure, which impacts on the reputation of one of our players, Andrea, whose behaviour on and off the field has always been impeccable.
He’s an example for teammates and opponents, in line with the values of respect and integrity that have always been part of Milan.
Without going back to what happened during and after the game against Chievo, with full respect of the judicial authorities, we ask that the facts are ascertained with particular reference to the referee’s conduct.
We want to prevent this case from being closed by a simple sentence and ensure it is assessed in context, with everything clarified.
Milan considers it a due act, not only out of respect for those who suffered the consequences of this unfortunate episode but also for young people and the many fans who love this sport, not just for the sporting aspect but also for its social and educational value.
Yeah, whatever happened on that pitch wasn’t normal, not for the club to flip out like this, as it’s not worth fighting a three match ban in the Primavera. Something isn’t right here.
On to the links.
AC Milan and Italian Football Links
AC Milan midfielder Lucas Biglia will be out for four months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn calf muscle. [AC Milan Offside]
Additionally, Mateo Musacchio will be out for six to eight weeks, adding to Milan’s injury woes. [AC Milan Offside]
World Football Links
The Portland Timbers outlasted the Seattle Sounders in penalties, advancing in the MLS playoffs after extra time. [Stumptown Footy]