Milan - Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti and his assistant were sent off in a
fiery end to an entertaining 2-2 draw against Atalanta in Serie A on
Josip Ilicic struck a disputed 86th-minute equaliser that was upheld
following a lengthy VAR review, as Napoli appealed for a penalty.
Napoli forward Fernando Llorente tumbled to the ground after jostling
with Simon Kjaer in the Atalanta area before the visitors countered and
scored through Ilicic.
A five-minute interruption followed before the referee awarded the
goal without reviewing the incident on the touchline monitor.
Images suggested Llorente committed the initial foul but Ancelotti
and his assistant coach were shown red cards for protesting the
"I consider what happened an attack on my professionalism, my players and my club," Ancelotti said.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis was livid with the controversial finish to the game.
"If there is VAR it's pointless creating eight minutes of additional
time because all that happens is pushing and shouting," he told Sky
"And what is this buffoonery from the referee who kicks out a gentleman like Ancelotti?
"We're fed up. Without us the referees would be peeling potatoes. We're tired of paying for this standard of officiating."
Nikola Maksimovic had headed in a Jose Callejon cross to give Napoli
the lead on 16 minutes at the San Paolo, but Remo Freuler levelled just
before half-time when his shot squirmed through goalkeeper Alex Meret.
Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik hit the post and crossbar before
putting Napoli back on top on 71 minutes when he raced onto a Fabian
Ruiz pass and rounded Pierluigi Gollini.
However, Ilicic levelled and nearly grabbed a winner in stoppage time
as Atalanta stayed third, four points behind Inter Milan who beat
Brescia 2-1 on Tuesday.
Juventus would reclaim top spot with victory at home to Genoa later on Wednesday.