Muntari incident altered our team's history, former MILAN CEO
Adriano Galliani, former AC Milan CEO, has argued that a goal from Ghanaian Sulley Muntari which was incorrectly not awarded altered the course of the club’s history.
Muntari’s header in a Serie A clash at home to Juventus back in early 2012 clearly crossed the line successfully before it was scooped away by Gianluigi Buffon, yet the goal was not awarded.
Had VAR or goal-line technology been available back then, Milan would have gone 2-0 up and likely proceeded to win the game and even a second successive Scudetto.
Instead, Juventus tried to fight back to draw 1-1 and ultimately claimed the title that season, sparking a run of dominance which has yet to be ended (the Bianconeri have claimed nine straight championships!).
Galliani argues that Milan’s downward spiral (from which they have only now been able to recover, putting together a strong showing through 2020 which currently sees them top of Serie A) began with that incident featuring Muntari.
“The real regret is the very regular goal not given to Muntari. We would have won the second consecutive Scudetto, our history would have changed,” he is reported to have said.
“If we had won the Scudetto we would not have sold [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, two who still make the difference today. We could have started again with the fourth great Milan and I would have closed the purchase of [Carlos] Tevez.
“If it had gone as I say maybe we wouldn’t have sold and maybe today we would still be there. Instead the Argentine went to Juve, who with him won three league titles in a row.”