Sports News of Thu, 31 May 20185
Italian ref regrets disallowing Muntari’s goal against Juventus in 2012
Retired Italian referee Paolo Tagliavento has admitted his biggest mistake was disallowing Sulley Muntari's goal during Milan-Juventus 1-1 draw in 2012.
The former Ghana midfielder beat Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon with a header from close range, but the match officials failed to spot that the ball had crossed the line and waved play on.
Reflecting on the incident, the 45-year-old retired official whose career was marred by several controversial incidents, from testifying during the Calciopoli scandal in 2006 to his role as the fourth official in 2012 Inter-Juve match, although he admits not allowing Muntari’s goal will go down as his most ‘obvious’ error.
“Muntari’s goal against Juve (in 2011/2012) was my worst mistake; today I could have avoided it in a few seconds.”
“Mourinho’s handcuffs gesture was not pleasant. It only annoyed me for a second because after the game everybody said that I officiated the game very well. After 15 years and 221 games, I know many players very well. We respect each other.”
Watch the disallowed goal below:
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