Saturday September 14 2013
Ventura: 'It's not fair'

Torino Coach Giampiero Ventura was furious with Milan and the referee after a last-gasp 2-2 draw. “It’s not fair.”

The Granata were livid at the final whistle when Mario Balotelli converted a penalty with the last kick of the game, but the real problem was the lead-up to that foul on Andrea Poli.

Marcelo Larrondo was down for several minutes, but when the ball went out of play the referee did not wave for the substitution. Milan resumed with a throw-in and that led to the penalty.

“I don’t think it’s fair, as we had the substitute ready for several minutes and Larrondo was down for some time,” Ventura told Sky Sport Italia.

“Once the ball went out of play we should’ve had the right to make the change. Besides which, you can’t just resume play with someone down for four minutes.

“When Larrondo told us he had a serious injury, we got the substitute ready and were waiting for the referee to give us the all-clear. We had already requested a substitution, as he was down for two or three minutes by that point.

“Maybe we need another meeting with the referees’ association and they can explain to me what happened.

“It is difficult to accept, both the result and the lack of this victory Torino absolutely deserved. I say it with great humility, but 2-0 didn’t reflect our domination over Milan tonight.

“There were 30 seconds left when we wanted that substitution, but it was not made. In the last round we lost to Atalanta with a goal everyone said should’ve been disallowed for offside.

“There are huge regrets, especially for the players, as they work hard and have the right to get the result they deserve every now and then.

“This is a positive side with many talented young players and we can grow further. Last season our objective was safety, which we achieved, and this term we want to make space for ourselves in Serie A.

“A win on top of tonight’s performance would’ve given us a big confidence boost.”

Alessio Cerci had been at risk for this match, but shook off muscular problems to start and score the second goal.

“Cerci wanted to stay on for another five minutes, but we were starting to not make the most of him and he was getting tired. He did very well, not just when attacking but also in closing down spaces.”

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