Crunching tackle x referee being tripped = spicy end to Milan-Napoli
— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) March 14, 2021
Napoli defender Mário Rui tripped over referee Fabrizio Pasqua during his side’s 1-0 Serie A win at Milan on Sunday.
After Theo Hernández clattered Victor Osimhen over by the touchline, players from both teams raced over to the ensuing melee in a bad-tempered affair.
Two minutes of drama in Milan – Theo Hernandez brings down Osimhen and Napoli call for a red, the referee is tripped up by Mário Rui before checking VAR for a potential earlier foul in the Napoli box on Hernandez, and waves it away. In the end, Gattuso is yellow carded.
— Get Italian Football News (@_GIFN) March 14, 2021
Portuguese left-back Rui, who had come on as a substitute, clipped the ref’s heels accidentally and sent him crashing to the turf.
Fortunately Pasqua acknowledged that it was not intentional and he gave a wave of acknowledgement as Rui helped him back to his feet.
Hernández faces disciplinary action for posting an Instagram story after the game, since deleted, which was critical of Pasqua.