Big blow to AC Milan as star player set to miss match against Juventus

AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci has been suspended for two matches following his red card during Sunday's 0-0 draw against Genoa.


AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci to miss the high voltage clash with his former club Juventus this end of the week.

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Bonucci was shown a straight red card after a review from the video assistant referee which spotted him hitting Genoa’s Aleandro Rosi with his elbow while both them fighting for the ball. Albeit, for the most part, a straight red rebuffs a player with three-match suspension, but, Serie A’s disciplinary committee did not term it as a violent charge and just prohibited him for two matches.

After the elbowing, rival Rosi required to have stitches in his injury but, Bonucci who missed their 4-1 victory against Chievo in the last match later made an apology for the occurrence and asserted that he did not appeal for any review to reduce the suspension as he himself feels guilty.

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“I’m sorry for what happened. I certainly didn’t want to hurt Rosi, I just wanted to free myself from him and everybody has seen what happened,” he told Mediaset. “I apologised to him at the end of the game and I’m really sorry for what happened.

“Having said that, I’ll accept the verdict. We’re in a technological era and freeze-framing can lead to this kind of evaluation. I’ll miss the game against Juventus and I’m sad about that, but it was clearly destiny. I have faith in my teammates to give me something to smile about.

“We need points because the league table shows that we’re losing too many, but with 10 men on Sunday, we saw the real Milan, with character, which you need to respond to your critics.”

The 30-year-old left Juventus following seven years in a stunning move to their league rival AC Milan for €42million this Summer and has played all the matches for his team in the league this season, holding the skipper’s armband.

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The Rossoneri’s season isn’t going according to expectation and the Milan based side are at present confronting an enormous measure of struggle to carry his team up in the league. They have won just five matches in the Serie An among ten, and at present sits at the eighth position, nine points behind fourth-set Lazio and are as of now 12 points behind leaders Napoli.

Manager Montella is likewise as of now feeling the weight of delivering pressure and if a portion of the reports is to be trusted the match against Juventus this week could turn out to be the main factor for his tenure.