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FIGC president calls for Bakayoko and Kessie punishment

REGGIO NELL'EMILIA, ITALY - APRIL 09: FIGC President Gabriele Gravina looks on during the International Friendly match between Italy Women and Ireland Women at Mapei Stadium - Città del Tricolore on April 9, 2019 in Reggio nell'Emilia, Italy (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
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According to Gabriele Gravina, the two AC Milan players were disrespectful after their team won 1-0 against Lazio on Saturday.

On Saturday, AC Milan defeated Lazio 1-0 in the Italian Lega Serie A, and after the match, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Franck Kessie celebrated with Francesco Acerbi’s jersey.

This angered the Lazio footballer who saw it was disrespectful from them, as they were treating the jersey as a “trophy.”

And today the Italian Football Association (FIGC) president, Gabriele Gravina, has said that both players should be punished.

“What happened at San Siro was disrespectful and, as undersecretary for sport Giorgetti noted, undignified,” he was quoted by Football Italia.

“It must be punished, condemned and evaluated for violation of the ethical norms and principles of our sport.”

“Acerbi is an extraordinary man. There was some sniping on social media, and as Gennaro Gattuso said, players ought to use that less and spend more time focusing on their training,” he added.

“By handing his shirt over to the Milan players and shaking their hands, he proved he wanted to close any controversy. Exhibiting the same shirt almost like a scalp in front of the crowd was an ugly reaction that we ought to prevent happening again.”

“Every year, as we get closer to the end of the season and there is more at stake, the tension increases,” added Gravina.

“A couple of weeks ago, there was a meeting in Milan between directors, Coaches, captains, and referees. Some issues were clarified and the situation calmed down a little, so I hope that there will be a more relaxed tone in statements from now on.”

“It’s true that we must limit refereeing errors as much as possible, but I also invite directors to tone down their rhetoric and not further inflame tensions,” he continued.

“There are a lot of complaints and some of them are founded, but quite a few more are unfounded.”