A great Milan derby but what about that red card?

January 25, 2010

Sunday’s Milan derby had just about everything.

Red cards, controversies, a missed penalty, great play, Jose Mourinho his usual outlandish self and a another stunning Inter Milan performance (plus unused Inter substitute Marco Materazzi bizarrely walking around at full-time wearing a face mask of Silvio Berlusconi.)

For the leaders to beat their main title rivals 2-0 with nine men is just another example of the remarkable grit of Mourinho’s side.

How many other teams in world football would have folded against an AC Milan team who did not play all that badly?

Inter should be on cloud nine (well, they are now nine points clear) but instead there is a ‘strange taste, strange smell’ about the win, according to Mourinho.

Wesley Sneijder’s 26th minute dismissal for ironically applauding the referee was harsh to say the least.

It was the first time I can remember seeing someone sent off for an act like that, usually it is only a yellow card.

Looking at the laws, the referee it seems was within his rights to brandish red.

Law 12 says a player can be dismissed for “using offensive, insulting or abusive language AND OR GESTURES.”

What do you reckon?

PHOTO: Inter Milan’s Goran Pandev (C) celebrates after scoring with team mate Esteban Cambiasso as AC Milan’s Ronaldinho look on during their Italian Serie A soccer match at the San Siro stadium in Milan January 24, 2010. REUTERS/Max Rossi


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Good result for Inter, although they rode their luck at times. And a good free kick from Pandev.

Bit unlucky for fans in some European countries though. Some states force their sports lovers to bet on events with a government-run company.

The poor Swedes had odds of 2.30 on Inter to win – wheras the best private operators gave a better value 2.64.

It’s a European stitch up! Full details here:

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Posted by wildrover1971 | Report as abusive

It’s not the first time, Mark. Ruud Gullit was sent off in a Serie A match during his AC Milan days in the early 1990s for exactly the same gesture.

Posted by Magicwand | Report as abusive

But he said this is the first time HE can remember!

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