AC Milan CEO, Adriano Galliani had to leave Stadio Artemio Franchi under protection of bodyguards as Viola fans booed him and hurled insults. They were reacting to referee Roberto Rosetti’s decision to overlook Thiago Silva’s foul on midfielder Riccardo Montolivo as he entered the Milan penalty area. (at 1:13 of the video).
I have not been able to get a better/ closer angle of the foul. But even Leonardo is saying that Montolivo should have got the call. Rosetti might have applied the advantage rule but Keirrison’s shot was stopped by Abiatti.
It was a significant non- call. Milan won the match on Pato’s injury time goal, 2-1. Both the goals were engineered by Ronaldinho who is leaving Dunga with no choice other than a recall.
A furious Diego Della Valle, Fiorentina’s owner boycotted the press conference after the match.
“There were so many egregious things that do not need stirring up emotion. We deserved victory. Now we should win on Saturday. We need to steady our nerves, to transform anger into determination, even the fans who are bitter must remain calm.”
It has been a tough two weeks for the Violas. There is reason for feeling victimized.
Only last week, Tom Hennings Ovrebo and his linesman failed to call a horribly obvious off side goal by Miroslav Klose in the 89th minute as Bayern went onto beat Fiorentina in their CL first leg after it looked like the Violas would achieve a creditable away draw.