Milan want extra officials

Chief executive writes to Italian FA demanding changes

Robinho: The AC Milan striker scored one but had another controversially denied in their 1-1 draw at Catania

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Serie A chiefs are under pressure to use an extra official behind each goal with AC Milan aggrieved by recent controversial goalmouth decisions going against them.

The system of additional assistants to the referee was introduced by UEFA in their Europa League games in 2009 and has been extended to the UEFA Champions League and will be seen at the European Championships in June.

The row erupted following a 1-1 draw between table topping Milan at Catania after Robinho had an effort cleared that the visitors felt had crossed the line.

It followed a bad-tempered draw with second placed Juventus in Feburary when officials failed to spot that Sulley Muntari's header had crossed the line minutes before Juve equalised to earn a share of the points.


Milan chief executive Adriano Galliano has written to the Italian FA asking them to adopt the process in Serie A until a decision can be taken on goal line technology by the game's governing body FIFA.

"Everyone makes mistakes," said Galliano in his letter published on the club's official website. "But some are very difficult to accept, no matter how much reason and comprehension we try to find.

"I realise technical solutions, which have been proposed by many parties, could still encounter obstacles and not be accepted.

"But I think there is no reason why we cannot adopt the system used in the Champions League."