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AC Milan: Stefano Pioli and Sandro Tonali slam decision to send off Fikayo Tomori against Chelsea

AC Milan were furious over the controversial decision to award a penalty and red card Fikayo Tomori in the 2-0 Champions League defeat by Chelsea.

The England international was shown his marching orders against his former club after retiring Mason Mount in the 18th minute during tGheir’s clash at the San Siro on Tuesday night.

Jorginho scored the resulting penalty before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added a second in a Chelsea win. AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli and midfielder Sandro Tonali both expressed their anger at referee Daniel Siebert after the game.

“The red card and the penalty changed the game against a team that was already strong and didn’t need an extra man either,” Pioli told Mediaset Infinity, according to Football Italia.

“I don’t need to watch the replay, it was too easy to judge this incident. I told the referee what I thought of him after the game. My English isn’t exactly fluent, but I think he got the general idea.

“It’s a negative result, but our fate remains in our hands. If we want to be competitive in Europe too, we have to win the next two and we have every chance to do that.”

Tonali, who received a yellow card during the clash, claimed that football is turning into basketball where “every touch is a foul”.

He also made a series of embarrassing decisions that went against her on the night.

Tomori told Sky Sports Italia while watching a replay of Tomori’s challenge: “There are so many incidents like this during a match. When you give a penalty and a red card after 18 minutes for such a touch.

“We might as well do it in basketball, where every touch is a foul. At least that’s how it felt, we had several yellow cards for ridiculous, embarrassing free-kicks in the first half alone.

“Anyway, we have to look at the rest of the game. We tried to play with pride and passion, even if it was very difficult given the circumstances.

“It’s disappointing for all the fans who came here tonight, the stadium packed and expecting a different game. Thank you for coming.’

It capped two disappointing games against his former side for Tomori after Graham Potter’s side clinched a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge last week.

Tomori has been a huge success at the San Siro, helping them win the Serie A title last season.

His straight red card was a fly in the ointment in a week in which he opened the scoring in a 2-0 win over rivals Juventus at the weekend.

Chelsea now lead the group with seven points, one ahead of RB Leipzig, and AC Milan have struggled in their last two games as they are two points behind the Bundesliga club.

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