NEWS
Saturday December 30 2017
Pioli: 'Romagnoli double red card'

Stefano Pioli was furious after Fiorentina’s 1-1 draw with Milan, claiming Alessio Romagnoli’s foul “should’ve been a double red card.”

Just before half-time, Romagnoli was fortunate to only see yellow when he brought down Giovanni Simeone running towards goal just outside the box.

“We have regrets over the result. Milan closed up in defence with 11 men behind the ball and we had to take the initiative,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“The Romagnoli incident was decisive and I can’t understand why he wasn’t sent off. In my view, it was a double red card, because it was dangerous play with studs-up and stopped a clear scoring opportunity.

“It’s a pity, because we had been able to take the lead anyway, but then were distracted three minutes later on the equaliser.”

This is the midway stage of the season and Fiorentina, who sold several key players, finished above big-spending Milan in the table.

“There was a lot of scepticism at the start, but we are becoming a good team and continuing to improve. We really ought to be winning games like this, as we had several chances and just got the final ball wrong.”

Pioli surprised everyone by initially leaving star man Federico Chiesa on the bench.

“He was really running on empty lately and needed a rest. I thought it was right to give a chance to teammates in better shape.”