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Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu laid heavy criticism on referee Jonas
Eriksson after the Rossoneri were knocked out of the Europa League by
The Italian outfit came into the last-16 second-leg clash at the
Emirates Stadium on the back of a 2-0 defeat at home. However,
Calhanoglu gave the visitors hope of turning it around when he opened
the scoring with a wonder-strike from 30 yards.
Unfortunately for Milan, Arsenal were awarded a dubious penalty a few
minutes later when Eriksson pointed to the spot after Danny Welbeck
went down in the box. Welbeck slotted the spot-kick to give the hosts
the momentum. Granit Xhaka found the back of the net as well, before
another goal from Welbeck completed a 3-1 victory.
Calhanoglu told Milan TV: "The referee was man of the match. I will never forget that.
"We played well and it's not easy to do that here. We scored and then
conceded an incredible goal, it's not normal in the Europa League to
see something like that.
"Ricardo Rodriguez didn't touch him, but for the referee it was a
penalty anyway. I was fouled in the first leg and didn't let myself go
"It's obvious that was the incident that changed the game. We reacted
well even after their equaliser and had chances, but this is football."