Italian referee is 'facing a lengthy ban' after costing AC Milan three points against Spezia

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Italian referee is ‘facing a lengthy ban’ for costing AC Milan three points against Spezia after he blew seconds before Junior Messias netted in stoppage-time… moments before the visitors scored a shock winner

  • Italian referee has apologised to AC Milan for costing them a win against Spezia
  • Official Marco Serra blew his whistle just before Junior Messias scored late on
  • He instantly apologised for the mistake and awarded Milan a free-kick instead
  • Milan failed to convert, which lead to Spezia to go up the other end and score
  • AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli revealed Serra apologised to him after the game 


Italian referee Marco Serra is reportedly facing a lengthy suspension after costing AC Milan all three points in their shock defeat by Spezia on Monday.

With the game finely poised at 1-1 in stoppage time, Milan pushed for victory and came within inches of taking the lead with Ante Rebic slipped the ball through to Junior Messias inside the box.

But as Messias curled the ball into the net, Serra blew his whistle and called for play to be brought back following a foul on Rebic before the ball was played to Messias.

Italian referee Marco Serra (left) is reportedly facing a lengthy ban after his mistakes in AC Milan's shock defeat by Spezia on Monday

Italian referee Marco Serra (left) is reportedly facing a lengthy ban after his mistakes in AC Milan’s shock defeat by Spezia on Monday

The match official failed to give Milan the advantage as they scored in stoppage time

The match official failed to give Milan the advantage as they scored in stoppage time

Milan’s players furiously swarmed the match official, who immediately put his hands up to apologise for his huge blunder, leaving the score to stay at 1-1 and Milan without a late go-ahead goal. 

Only around two seconds passed between the foul and the shot, but no advantage was played, with the controversy multiplying when Spezia went up the other end to score a 96th-minute winner.

And now, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Serra is facing a ‘lengthy suspension’ for his performance at the San Siro.

Ante Rebic was fouled from behind before playing Junior Messias (right) through on goal

Ante Rebic was fouled from behind before playing Junior Messias (right) through on goal

The Brazilian curled the ball into the net but the whistle had already gone for the foul on Rebic

The Brazilian curled the ball into the net but the whistle had already gone for the foul on Rebic

Furious AC Milan players swarm Serra after he failed to give them the advantage late on

Furious AC Milan players swarm Serra after he failed to give them the advantage late on

The report from the Italian news outlet goes on to claim that the chiefs of the referee association (AIA) have apologised to Milan for the mistake and have pointed out how Serra made a number of errors, including a clear missed penalty for Milan in the first half, which VAR then spotted.

While a usual suspension for a poor prerformance from referees is two games, Gazzetta dello Sport are claiming Serra could be handed a bigger punishment.

AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli revealed Serra apologised to him and his players after the game.

Speaking to DAZN after the game, Pioli said: ‘I tried to calm my players down, but I didn’t manage as Spezia’s goal proves.

‘We knew it was an injustice, we have ourselves to blame, but we share responsibility with the referee. I am sorry to say that. He even apologised, maybe that wasn’t even a fault. It’s a shame.

To add salt to Milan wounds, Spezia went up the other end and scored the winning goal

To add salt to Milan wounds, Spezia went up the other end and scored the winning goal

Emmanuel Gyasi celebrates after scoring a 96th-minute winner for Spezia at the San Siro

Emmanuel Gyasi celebrates after scoring a 96th-minute winner for Spezia at the San Siro

 ‘However, we should have scored more goals in the first half, it’s a bad night and we must react now.’ 

It was a damaging defeat for Milan, who would have gone top with a win but instead remain two points behind leaders Inter Milan, who have a game in hand.

But the Rossoneri have a chance to make amends and get their title bid back on track in their next two games, against fifth-placed Juventus and Inter. 

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