Friday March 16 2018
Mirabelli: Different result with VAR

Massimiliano Mirabelli insists Milan ‘weren’t inferior to Arsenal’ and that Thursday’s game ‘would’ve ended differently’ with VAR.

Milan lost 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium, confirming their exit from the Europa League, but the second leg was marred by Arsenal scoring a penalty after a Danny Welbeck dive, when the score was still 1-1.

“This game leaves a bitter taste. We weren’t inferior to Arsenal,” the sporting director said after the match.

“The first leg influenced the second, but we’re proud of the lads because they fought well and we could’ve even turned the tie around.

“We’re Milan and we certainly showed that we could hold our own. Surely it could’ve ended differently.

“If there was VAR like in Italy, this game would’ve ended with a different result. We don’t want to portray ourselves as victims, but without certain officiating incidents, there could’ve been a different result.

“UEFA must reflect and look at Italy. VAR is a good thing. Regret for the penalty at Arsenal or the first half at San Siro? Both. We fell for the charm of our opponents at home.

“We did well here, but there were also so many unfavourable incidents.”

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