Published On: Tue, Feb 5th, 2013

Udinese continue to fume at AC Milan penalty award

The fall-out from Udinese’s highly controversial defeat at the hands of AC Milan shows no sign of abating.

With barely seconds remaining in Sunday evening’s game at the San Siro, referee Paolo Valeri awarded the hosts a penalty when Thomas Heurtaux challenged Stephan El Shaarawy.

Debutant Mario Ballotelli then converted the spot kick to ensure a 2-1 victory.

In response, on Monday Udinese displayed a still image of the challenge on their official TV channel for a full hour between 13:00 and 14:00 CET.

Earlier in the day Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo pulled no punches in his criticism of the match official, declaring Valeri to be inadequate for the task of refereeing Serie A matches.

“He is one of those two or three referees who are technically unsuitable for refereeing. I’ve said so before – Valeri lacks the balance to referee in Serie A.

“It’s always a lottery with him, and in that lottery we are always the losers. I still recall the incidents with Parma, Milan and the first match against Juventus.

“It was a disaster, he has no balance for fundamental decisions.

“He has given another gift to the opposing team, crucial to the outcome of the match.”

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