Sunday October 7 2012
Allegri: 'Ref ruined the derby'

Massimiliano Allegri blamed the referee for Milan’s derby defeat to Inter. “Let’s just say he was unlucky on decisive incidents.”

The Rossoneri lost 1-0 despite Yuto Nagatomo’s red card after 48 minutes, but they were furious at several controversial decisions.

Riccardo Montolivo’s goal was disallowed for an Urby Emanuelson coming together with Samir Handanovic, while Walter Samuel appeared to block off Robinho in the box.

“Seeing as I never talk about referees, I’m afraid I have to now. The referee affected the game,” snapped Allegri on Sky Sport Italia.

“It was a technical error, as he blew the whistle for half-time 12 seconds early. There was a last man foul on Emanuelson which was given against him. There was maybe a penalty on Robinho, the Nagatomo red card was obvious as he couldn’t not give him another yellow for that.

“This is not an alibi and perhaps today the referee was unlucky, but the incidents were really obvious.

“I have no idea what the referee whistled for on the Montolivo goal. Let’s just say he was unlucky on the decisive incidents, as the goal would’ve been crucial, there was a penalty and Samuel was last man too.

“It’s not as if the referee did us a favour with Nagatomo’s red card, as he obviously stuck his arm out for an intentional handling offence.

“It’s a shame we are running into some decisions that go against us, but we can’t do anything about that. Maybe the referees are on as bad form as we are.

“The season isn’t over, but we have to fight back, use the same intensity and improve on some things.”

Milan are now in 11th place with only seven points from as many Serie A games.

“Of course it’s odd to see Milan in the second half of the table. Unfortunately we didn’t get a result today despite creating many chances and were penalised yet again from a set play.

“Inter never had a shot on goal other than our error straight after the goal and at the end Palacio,” continued Allegri.

“I cannot complain about the lads’ performance. We just needed to be a little quicker and a little more precise.

“We have to look at the performance and improve some things. It’s a shame to lose this way, but we have to accept the result and look at where we got it wrong. At the moment we have conceded seven goals from set plays and that should be avoided. We’ll work on it over the break.

“This derby has not changed anything. I even enjoyed it, as the team played very well and created so many opportunities, but we couldn’t do any more than that other than score a goal. To be fair, we had scored…

“We tried to spread the play, but it was difficult to break down a team that played in defence for 80 minutes.”