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Piolo: ‘Referee’s missed handball’

Milan coach Stefano Pioli was upset following their 1-1 draw with Udinese, saying: ‘The Udinese player scored with his hand.’ The Rossoneri squandered their lead but Udinese’s goal was controversial as it looked like Destiny Udogie pushed the ball in with his hand.

Speaking after the game, Pioli shared his thoughts on a disappointing draw:

“There is no doubt, a clear handball. The referee didn’t see it, but that VAR failed to see it is difficult to understand. This is a serious mistake, it decided the outcome of the game, even if our performance wasn’t great. VAR exists to avoid mistakes, it’s not good. We have been penalized several times.

It’s a situation that I’m evaluating. These games are usually hard to unlock, we unlocked it early and served more attention. We lowered ourselves too much and stopped moving forward, we favoured our opponents. It has already happened in other matches, we need to improve.

We are used to moving forward. In general, if you lower yourself, you will have dangerous situations. We had to do better and we will try to improve from the next match.

Taking off Giroud? I don’t think it had an impact. He and Ante have different characteristics, they must be used differently. We had to be more precise.

The team is young. We have to manage these pressures, they are a privilege. Experience will help them grow further.

Now let’s think about Inter in the Coppa Italia, an important match for many reasons. We will prepare it in the best possible way.”

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