The referees designator Nicola Rizzoli has said to Sky Italia via MilanLive.it that the AC Milan players protests could have influenced the decision and pushed the referee Piero Giacomelli to make the error. He said:
On Roma's penalty: “Penalty for Roma? In that case it is the attacker who creates the contact, Bennacer anticipates the position correctly. The referee makes a wrong assessment, VAR had to intervene,”
“In that case, the referee was more busy managing the protests than talking to VAR. This lengthens the analysis time.”
On Milan's penalty: “It was a game contact, a normal dynamic. If the defender doesn’t hit the attacker while he kicks, there can hardly be a penalty. Here VAR had to intervene.
We must not forget that football is a contact sport. Was it a compensation for the Bennacer-Pedro contact? Absolutely not, such a thought cannot be credible.”
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