Leonardo bemoans Milan’s unjust Europa league exit

CAGLIARI, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 16: Leonardo of Milan looks on during the serie A match between Cagliari and AC Milan at Sardegna Arena on September 16, 2018 in Cagliari, Italy. (Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images)

AC Milan director of football Leonardo has criticised the officiating of their Europa League game following the 3-1 loss to Olympiacos.

The exit was confirmed when a very controversial penalty was awarded to Olympiacos to seal a 3-1 victory. And Leonardo feels it would have been different with the VAR.

“We are out of the Europa League and have to evaluate everything. I just want to see the footage of the goals and the penalty before saying what I think,” he told Football Italia.

“It looks to me as if the penalty was non-existent. On a couple of occasions too, they had this system of putting the hand on the corner as if to wait for someone else and taking it, outside the corner, which we tried once and the referee whistled to stop us.

PARMA, ITALY - APRIL 20: Samuel Castillejo of AC Milan celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between Parma Calcio and AC Milan at Stadio Ennio Tardini on April 20, 2019 in Parma, Italy. (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)

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According to the team's manager, the club was not playing its best in today's 1-1 draw in the Italian Lega Serie A.

“If you go out of the Europa League for something like that, in the days of VAR, it becomes difficult to just accept a result. It’s ridiculous that an instrument like VAR that everyone now uses cannot be used in a European tournament.

“We also went to complain, as there was a bizarre noise every time we went to attack. I don’t know if it was a flute or a klaxon or what, but it’s not fair to use a sound like that to distract every time we go forward. It was genuinely irritating. The referee should’ve stopped play and told them to cut it out.

“After they scored, it actually got louder.”