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Galliani hammers derby officials

SoccerNews in Serie A 8 Oct 2012

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Adriano Galliani has slammed the performance of the referee during AC Milan’s 1-0 derby defeat to Inter Milan on Sunday.

Coach Massimiliano Allegri was quick to condemn Paolo Valeri’s decision-making in the aftermath of the clash at San Siro, as he felt his side were on the wrong end of several decisions, including Riccardo Montolivo’s disallowed goal and a rejected penalty claim.

Now Galliani has issued his own damning assessment of the officiating, telling reporters: “You all saw what happened, the referee was worth four out of 10 on a report card.

“If all of the newspapers have given a four to Valeri then there must be a reason for it.

“I’ve been told by our lawyers that if I say his performance was technically inadequate then I don’t risk being punished.

“His performance in the whole game was strange. Our problems were compounded by the problems of the referee and that disappoints me.”

Inter held on for the win after Walter Samuel’s early goal despite playing with ten men for much of the second half after Yuto Nagatomo’s dismissal, meaning Milan have now suffered four defeats in their opening seven Serie A matches.

Galliani has insisted Allegri’s job as manager is safe, adding he saw enough in Sunday’s clash to suggest the league table does not tell the whole story.

“It’s a shame as we were the only side who played,” he said.

“I have spoken with Allegri and we’ll look to get out of this situation.

“Allegri is not at risk, even if I am certain that our squad is a lot better than what the League table suggests.”

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