Galliani: Serie A must adopt goal-line technology

The Rossoneri vice-president believes Adil Rami’s wrongly disallowed goal at San Siro has underlined the need to give match officials more assistance

AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has called on Italian football to embrace goal-line technology following further controversy in Sunday’s Serie A win over Udinese.

Adil Rami looked to have opened the scoring 17 minutes into the game at San Siro when he rose highest to connect with a Giacomo Bonaventura header.

However, although the ball crossed the line, Udinese goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis pushed it onto the post and away to safety, thus deceiving the officials into thinking that it had stayed out.

Milan went on to win the game 2-0 thanks to a second-half double from Jeremy Menez but that was not the point, according to Galliani, who was reminded of Sulley Muntari’s infamously disallowed ‘ghost’ goal in a crucial Serie A clash with Juventus two years ago.

“The fault is ours,” the Rossoneri vice-president said of the lack of goal-line technology. “Fifa allows us to use technology and we don’t do it.

“I invite Italian football to use the technology. Like in tennis, for example. There is nothing stopping us. Technology is not a bad thing.

“I’m not blaming the referee. There are instruments available – let’s use them. It’s obvious that the Muntari goal came to my mind, also because of the black and white jerseys!

“Then I thought about it: if there were technology available, we could have evaluated Rami’s goal better.

“If there’s the technology there, let’s use it. I will begin the battle for it as of Monday.”

Meanwhile, Galliani was also full of praise for matchwinner Menez, particularly as the French forward had been a doubt for the game due to illness.

“Menez has proven himself a true No.9,” he declared. “Enough with this urban legend that he’s a ‘false nine’.

“And to think, he nearly didn’t play. At 10.30 on Sunday morning he wasn’t well. He had a bit of a fever. The coach called me, worried. Then he recovered.”

Galliani also lavished praise on Marco van Ginkel, who impressed in his first Serie A appearance since joining on loan from Chelsea during the summer.

“I consider Van Ginkel on the same level as [Roma and Netherlands midfielder Kevin] Strootman,” he enthused. “He just needs continuity.”

Milan’s victory over Udinese, which ended a five-game winless run, moved them into fifth place in the Serie A standings, just two points outside the Champions League places as of Monday morning.