Wednesday January 27 2021
Ref watch: should Ibra and Lukaku have seen red?

There is a debate over Paolo Valeri’s decision not to send off Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku after their brawl in the Milan derby. According to Tuttosport, the ref should have shown a red card to both players.

Valeri oversaw the game for about 70 minutes before suffering athigh injury that forced him to be replaced with fourth official Daniele Chiffi.

VAR helped Valeri see a penalty kick for Inter in the second half, but the huge debate in the Italian sports papers concerns his decision not to send off Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku after their scuffle before the half time break.

Il Corriere dello Sport and La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed a yellow card for both players was the right decision to take, but Tuttosport analysed what happened differently.

The Swede was sent off anyway when he fouled Aleksandr Kolarov in the second half picking up another yellow.

Valeri ratings:

Gazzetta dello Sport: He made correct decisions during his 70 minutes of action. Decided appropriately not to show Ibra and Lukaku a red. VAR helped him to see the penalty kick. Rating: 6

Tuttosport:A referee with more personality would show both players a red card, he didn’t see the penalty because he had a player in front of him, but it was still a mistake. Rating: 4

Corriere dello Sport: Unlucky, because he picked up an injury after a good refereeing…apart from the penalty. It was his assistant Calarossi, however, who should have seen the foul as he was right in front of the action. Rating: 6