Saturday April 13 2019
Tare: 'Lazio knew what would happen'

Lazio director Igli Tare insists they deserved a stoppage-time penalty against Milan, but above all “we knew with the controversy after Juventus what would happen…”

The 1-0 defeat at San Siro was decided by a Franck Kessie spot-kick, awarded for a Riza Durmisi shoulder barge on Mateo Musacchio.

Less than a minute before that, Milan had been given another penalty – revoked using VAR – for Francesco Acerbi’s handball.

“There is a lot wrong. Unfortunately, what we thought would happen before the game did indeed happen,” the director of sport told Sky Sport Italia.

“We were coming off the incidents of last week that caused some controversy and hoped the game would be decided on the field rather than by incidents, but our fears were confirmed.

“Awarding two penalties in 30 seconds must be a record in Italian football. The speed with which he made the decision to revoke the first, then refusing to even look at the footage of the late challenge on Sergej Milinkovic-Savic…

“You can see Ricardo Rodriguez does touch the ball, but only after hitting Milinkovic-Savic. As for the penalty on Musacchio, it can be given or not given. I thought just as that penalty was given, the one on Milinkovic-Savic could’ve been given too. Musacchio was intelligent, as he felt a slight touch and let himself fall.

“We knew with the controversy after Milan didn’t get a penalty against Juventus… we’ve got experience, we know what happens.

“We are a team who last season lost the Champions League due to many incidents that went against us, including Patrick Cutrone’s handball goal in a 1-0 Milan victory.

“That was the only incident in the history of VAR that was spotted only after 30 minutes by the officials, because everyone else saw it at the time.

“Luis Alberto was also booked for no reason and will be suspended against Udinese midweek, while Krzysztof Piatek was not booked for an obvious simulation.”

Lazio have dropped a lot of points over the last few weeks and now fall behind in the race for fourth.

“Now there are games to be played, as long as we are mathematically in the running, we must keep playing. We’ll be back here in 10 days for the Coppa Italia semi-final and hope to be our real selves.”

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