Milan - AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso said Sunday he was more upset by an
"unacceptable" bust-up between midfielders Franck Kessie and Lucas
Biglia on the sidelines at the San Siro than his team's 3-2 derby defeat
to Inter Milan.
Ivorian Kessie, 22, and Argentina midfielder Biglia, 33, had to be
pulled apart by teammates amid drama on and off the pitch in the "Derby
Della Madonnina" between the Milan city rivals in northern Italy.
Kessie, who had been substituted, was furious at something said by
Biglia on the bench and had to be held back by team-mates as he
repeatedly lunged at the Argentine.
"The defeat that hurts me the most was Kessie and seeing what
happened on the bench," said Gattuso, after his team's five-match
winning run in the league was ended.
"That is something I cannot accept with the way I see football, the way I see the team and the group ethic.
"There has to be respect for everyone in the dressing room and it was just unacceptable.
"This means the world to me and that is why it is a double defeat. I will have my say over the next few days," he warned.
Both players later apologised.
"It was the adrenaline of the match situation, I was frustrated coming
off and wanted to do more. I took it out on Lucas and it was a mistake,
I apologised afterwards," Kessie told Sky Sport Italia.
Biglia added: "We feel bad about this embarrassing scene."
Tensions were also high on the pitch, with Andrea Conti who had come
on for Kessie after 69 minutes seeing red for a tackle on Inter striker
Laurtaro Martinez, but a VAR review saw the referee change it to yellow,
to the fury of Inter coach Luciano Spalletti, who was sent off for
Matias Vecino scored after just three minutes for Inter, days after
his team's Europa League exit, with Stefan de Vrij adding the second on
51 minutes, to give Inter a two-goal advantage.
For Milan, Tiemoue Bakayoko headed in after 57 minutes with Mateo
Musacchio reacting quickly to finish off a rebound (71), just after
Lautaro Martinez slotted in the third from the penalty spot for Inter.
"We've found the young striker who can put things right for us," Spalletti said of Martinez.
Inter had also won the reverse fixture thanks to Mauro Icardi's late
winner but the Argentine has not played in over a month amid a contract
dispute, which saw him stripped of the captain's armband.
Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic cleared a late Samuel Castillejo
header with Patrick Cutrone also denied a last-gasp equaliser with
Danilo D'Ambrosio clearing on the line.
Inter leapfrog AC Milan and are two points ahead in third with Roma
fifth, four points off the top four who will qualify for the Champions
League. Lazio and Atalanta are both two points further adrift in sixth