After watching Fiorentina come back to draw 2-2 with 10 men, the Viola coach has revealed what he said to the referee at half-time about the red card handed out
Tomovic’s red card and Fiorentina’s two penalties capped a busy day for referee Paolo Tagliavento and Montella says he voiced his disapproval of the first decision to the official.
“I do not talk about referees. I will only say that at half-time I spoke to Tagliavento and we made a bet that whoever was wrong about the Tomovic incident would buy the other dinner. He was convinced that he was right, but I think I won the bet,” he told reporters after the game.
Milan went ahead through former Fiorentina player Riccardo Montolivo who then assisted Mathieu Flamini for the second, but late penalties from Adem Ljajic and David Pizarro salvaged a point for Fiorentina.
Montella, however, said he was pleased with the result and the strength his side showed in coming back despite being a man down.
He also refused to apportion blame for striker Stevan Jovetic going off injured after concerns before the game about the Montenegrin’s participation.
“I think the mentality we are forming this season helped us to have belief and courage, even when 2-0 down in a decisive moment of the match.
“There was a great reaction and I saw a team that strongly believed in this comeback against a very talented side, even with 10 men.
“Nobody made a mistake with Jovetic. Everyone evaluated the situation and took their own share of the risks and responsibility, so there is no problem.”
The result means Fiorentina are still six points behind Milan in the race for third place.