Milan boss Pioli fumes at controversial VAR decision in Juventus draw

‘I just wish we could get a clear idea of what IS and ISN’T a penalty’: AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli vents frustration at controversial VAR penalty decision that denied his side win over Juventus

  • AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli called for clarity on ‘what is and isn’t a penalty’
  • Pioli was left fuming over a controversial VAR penalty call against Juventus
  • Milan were leading 1-0 before Juventus scored a late penalty to salvage a draw 
  • REPORT: Cristiano Ronaldo nets last-minute penalty in Coppa Italia semi-final 

Stefano Pioli demanded clarity over ‘what is and isn’t a penalty’ after a controversial conclusion to AC Milan’s Coppa Italia semi-final against Juventus.  

Pioli’s side were leading 1-0 and despite being down to 10 men, looked set to see out the first-leg before a contentious penalty was awarded following consultation with VAR. 

Cristiano Ronaldo’s bicycle kick effort struck the hand of Davide Calabria, who was stood a yard away and facing the opposite direction, and while Pioli was ‘proud’ of his players, he vented his frustrations about the decisive late call.  

Stefano Pioli wants a ‘clearer’ idea over what represents a penalty after a controversial VAR call

Cristiano Ronaldo’s bicycle kick hit the hand of Davide Calabria and Juventus salvaged a draw

‘I got angry first and foremost because there was a foul on (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic earlier in the move,’ Pioli told RAI Sport. 

‘Plus I remember the referees showed footage of that Cagliari-Brescia penalty at the start of the season and said it was an error to award it because the player couldn’t see the ball.

‘I therefore don’t see what’s so different with this situation, as Calabria couldn’t see it. Alberto Cerri, in that situation, jumped and could not just cut his arms off, you have to use your arms when jumping. He didn’t have time to get his arms back into position.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic captured the frustration of AC Milan players at the end after the VAR call

Juventus played poorly but have an away goal to hold on to ahead of the second leg on March 4

‘I just wish we could get a clear idea of what is and isn’t a penalty. You could argue it was a shot on target, but then I’m not so sure Ronaldo’s effort was going on target.’ 

In the end it was frustration for Pioli and his players having been the better side on the night. 

They will meet Juventus in Turin for the second leg on March 4 and are still in a promising position to reach the Coppa Italia final. 

Napoli have the edge in the other tie having beaten Inter Milan 1-0 at the San Siro 24 hours between controversy erupted between AC Milan and Juventus.  

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