So yeah, Hakan Calhanoglu is probably going to have to pay a fine. Speaking to Milan TV after the match, Calhanoglu said, in regards to the penalty decision, “It’s obvious that was the incident that changed the game. We reacted well even after their equaliser and had chances, but this is football. The referee was the man of the match and I will never forget that.”
Hakan Calhanoglu: "Referee was man of the match and I will never forget that. It's not normal" https://t.co/sEmddZmnUf #ArsenalMilan #ACMilan #UEL #AFCvACM pic.twitter.com/5CzpWRgexa— footballitalia (@footballitalia) March 15, 2018
Calhanoglu was understandably upset with the referee after a blatant dive by Danny Welbeck was awarded a penalty, turning the tide of the match against Milan on the night, and leaving Milan with very little chance of coming back and getting a result in London.
It might seems like sour grapes to complain about the refereeing, but on the other hand, it’s shameful that a professional referee can let himself be conned so easily by a footballer.
UEFA should take action against the referee, but likely won’t, and instead, some of Calhanoglu’s hard-earned cash is going to go to whatever UEFA does with money it collects from fines.
On to the links.
AC Milan and Italian Football Links
“Super agent” Mino Raiola, who lists Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma as one of his clients, is reportedly being investigated for tax fraud in the Netherlands. [Football-Italia.net]
Milan lost 3-1 to Arsenal in a match marred by controversy. [Football-Italia.net]
Patrick Cutrone called up to the Italy U21 match against Norway and Serbia. [Italian Football Daily]
Lazio beat Dynamo Kiev 2-0 to advance in to the quarterfinals of the Europa League. [Football-Italia.net]
World Football Links
After an exit from the Concacaf Champions League at the hands of Toronto FC of MLS, is Tuca Ferretti holding Mexico’s Tigres back with his playing style? [FMF State of Mind]
Atlético Madrid beat Lokomotiv Moscow 5-1 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Europa League. [Into The Calderon]
West Ham United will have a larger police presence at the London Stadium for their next home match. [BBC.com]
Besiktas was charged after a cat stopped play against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. What was Besiktas supposed to do? It’s not as if anyone can tell a cat what to do. [BBC.com]