Milan: “The sole intention of Bakayoko and Kessié was to celebrate, with no intention to mock or be unsporting”

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Franck Kessié and Tiémoué Bakayoko celebrating with Francesco Acerbi's jersey at the end of Milan-Lazio at Stadio San Siro on April 13, 2019. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Franck Kessié and Tiémoué Bakayoko celebrating with Francesco Acerbi’s jersey at the end of Milan-Lazio at Stadio San Siro on April 13, 2019. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Milan have defended the actions of Tiémoué Bakayoko and Franck Kessié, who after the win against Lazio celebrated with the shirt of Acerbi.

Milan recorded an extremely important win last night as they defeated Lazio 1-0 thanks to a 79′ minute Kessié penalty.

The build-up for the match on social media was almost as heated as the game itself: it started with Lazio center back Francesco Acerbi telling the media that the Biancocelesti are stronger than Milan and are going to win, to which Bakayoko replied on Twitter: “OK Acerbi, see you Saturday”.

After the Red and Black win last night, Acerbi exchanged shirts with Bakayoko, and Tiémoué went out to celebrate with his teammates while displaying Acerbi’s jersey to the Milan fans. Acerbi then wrote on his Twitter account that “I am disappointed because I swapped shirts to put an end to the issue. Stirring up hatred is not sport, but a sign of weakness.” The Disciplinary Commission has decided to open an investigation into the incident and Milan made their stance clear this evening:

“Milan wish to reconstruct the events following the 32 Matchday game between Milan and Lazio, and make some clarifications. The Rossoneri players went under the Curva Sud at San Siro to salute the fans. It is a custom for them to do this. Last night, Tiémoué Bakayoko reached his teammates under the stands holding Francesco Acerbi’s jersey, having just then completed a sporting exchange of jerseys, and held it up for a few seconds (along with Franck Kessié) to the crowd.

https://twitter.com/Acerbi_Fra/status/1117486583698075651

“The sole intention was to celebrate an important victory with no intention to mock, nor be aggressive or unsporting. It was an innocent, naïve response to a friendly exchange of tweets with Acerbi in the days leading up to the game. The proof is in the dynamics of what happened, the facial expressions of the players, the total absence of jeers or other negative elements.

“In realizing this innocent gesture had upset Francesco Acerbi personally (a colleague who all the Milan players respect), both Tiémoué and Franck publicly apologized to him. It was also interpreted as an innocent gesture by Lazio director of sport Igli Tare, who at the end of the match declared it was ‘banter as part of a fiery game, one we shouldn’t give too much importance to’.

“Milan are based on values like respect (on the field and off it), equality, and inclusion: Tiémoué and Franck know, share and express those values every day.”

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It’s a whole lot of nothing really and is being given more attention than what it merits
What a performance from both Kessie and Bakayoko that’s what we should be talking about, it wouldn’t be fair not to mention Borini too he played a great match last night probably his best in Rossoneri colours
Lazio are a tough physical team and we totally owned them in the second half, there was nothing lucky about beating them and it was well deserved

Milanista121
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Milanista121

Good.
It was unnecessary, especially against someone like Acerbi, who has fought a lot throughout his career and deserves his respect.
It would be different if it was towards Immobile though hehe.

Naz
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Naz

True that

tsep
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tsep

What part of it was interpreted wrongly and was innocent arent you getting?

Naz
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Naz

There’s none of it interpreted wrongly and both of them are indeed wrong but in light of recent events surrounding Italian football with respects to racism wouldn’t you class it as just a stupid thing to do which is getting more media attention than something that’s completely disgusting and gets fuck all attention?
That’s just my opinion of course but like everything that genuinely needs to be addressed it gets swept under the carpet because nobody in power has the balls to do anything so instead they pretend it doesn’t happen and make a big deal about this

Milanista121
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Milanista121

Interpreted wrong or innocently doesnt matter. It was still an unnecessary thing to do, against a great fellow professional.

Raven
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Raven

That is only allowed if it’s Perisic’s shirt or Icardi’s IMO.

Raven
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Raven

It was a disgusting gesture. It reminds me when Perisic laughed about our bad run. Players are colleagues. They have no difference. Acerbi is a great player and was also a Milanista he just said that Lazio are a better team. He was the bigger man giving his shirt to the winner.They feasted on his shirt like it was the the head of a fallen enemy.

El Camino
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El Camino

Uhmmm….. NO!!!!

It was a sarcastic reaction to a very subjective comment of Acerbi. Nothing wrong with it!!!

If people get offended while they talk too much, they are nothing more than just unprofessional bad losers (I am doing the loser dance right now)

Kessie and Bakayoko I support you!!!

dj8
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dj8

this case will be sent to sporting judge.what a double standard.Mandzukic kicking romagnoli go unpunished, now they want to punish bakayoko& kessie

El pharaoh
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El pharaoh

Everything milan does is seriously way out of control. If juve did this it’s all good milan now we gonna punish them I’m over it this is disgusting. Acerbi should shut his mouth talking about how lazio has better players. Baka is a beast move on and let’s get to the champions league

Blessing
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Blessing

After Real Madrid fans, Milan has the most annoying fans in the world. Even when we win complains never end. I just wonder what Man Utd or PSG fans whose clubs have spend 100s of millions and still are mediocre when it matters the most feel like.

Milanista121
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Milanista121

You are a real Blessing indeed. Thanks man!

misund
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misund

Keep spreading that positivity man! This site is filled with narcissistic wannabes who think they know it all. People are so blinded by hatered they refuse to give credit where its due. When we win they go quiet, when we lose they come back to complain, Its a mental disease. You know the brain release dopamine when you talk shit about other people, and some people are so addicted they cant stop! Milan have done very good in the last two matches. we deserved to win vs lazio which is a good team, imo they have more quality then we… Read more »

Rossi
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Rossi

No offence mate but telling people they have a mental disease is exactly “talking shit about other people” as you say, your comment is kinda doing the same thing for which you blame others.
Any way my opinion is that every one has the right to comment what ever they think for the club at the moment, no matter positive or negative opinion. You cant expect every one to just wright Forza Milan on every game without taking in consideration the way the team plays, the result, the tactics etc.

misund
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misund

There is a difference between pointing out something once and whining for years, yes the same people have been whining for years!. there is a big difference mate. Ofc constructive criticism is good, but alot of people are far beyond constructive criticism. You have been around for a while you should have picked up on it by now or else you are blind. People are so restless and cant support our rebuilding period and understand that this things takes time, not just because we need reinforcement, but also because we have a young team that will need years to reach… Read more »

nick
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nick

@Rossi….Totally agree. 100%

Pepe
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Pepe

So wining English Cups and the Europa League is mediocre now, or wining every thing in France for almost a decade ? By your logic Juventus is mediocre team to, by the way Milan spend close to 300mil in the last two years and yet we are in the same ranks with Atlanta and Lazio, and we should be satisfied with that ? And i cant see any comments complaining that we won, i see only Gattuso praising comments every time we score a goal, the praising is even getting ridiculous, then you have people explaining to the Gattuso fans… Read more »

nick
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nick

@Pepe…Thank you sir. You are a man with logic and intelligence. Well said! The club comes before any individual coach or players. So no one at Milan is beyond evaluation and criticism.

Blessing
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Blessing

Funny thing abt Milan fans is that. If Gattuso changes formation they say he is a clown who doesnt know what he is doing, yet other coaches like Guardiola, Pochettino are considered great coaches yet they tinker their formations from time to time. If Gattuso doesnt change formation they say he has no plan B. As for spending over 300m, well u can spend all u want but if u spend wrongly then its just a waste of money especially the way Mirabelli spend the money during his time. Instead of going for quality, he went for quantity. Same mistake… Read more »

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Two words – who cares?

I’m going to Bergamo stadium to (silently, I’ll admit) support Empoli. With a little luck they can squeeze something out of this match. Today I’m all for Empoli.

Ink
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Ink

Wait… is the blog back?

Naz
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Naz

Looks like it mate

Milan Boy
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Milan Boy

This talk about tactics is arrant nonsense.I saw the game against Lazio and we deserved to win, we were also robbed against Juve. If we continue to achieve our objectives then we are on course. Madrid won the champions league last year against the run of play, it matters more to win than to play beautiful like Arsenal in the latter years of Wenger and not win anything tangible. So far Milan is not as bad as the so called advocates of tactics make it seem, and the so called wonder coaches like Ancelloti, Conte etc are not doing anything… Read more »

El pharaoh
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El pharaoh

Wow. Now serie a wanna punish bakayko. This corrupt leave can shove itself in its own butt. Juventus is always getting favours. Mandzukic should have been suspended and or fined. Piss off seriously I hate this league with so much passion it’s disgusting

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

0-0 Atalanta vs Empoli. Gasparini is clueless, has no idea about tactics, and should change Atalanta’s formation. Right?

Milan Boy
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Milan Boy

Ask them please

nick
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nick

Ask them what? That was such a bias statement. Did you guys even watch the game? Gasperini clueless? Yeah right! We should be thankful Atalanta drew because we would not be 4th place now. Smh.

Milanista121
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Milanista121

We would still be fourth since we have a better head to head than Atalanta.
But yes ofc we are thankful that Atalanta drew. Same as I am thankful and glad that we beat yet another UCL contender this weekend 🙂

Milanista121
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Milanista121

Baresis Dream<3

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Hey Milanista121, hope all is good on your side!

Ashraf
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Leonardo and Maldini are killing ac milan how can they buy thauvin for 40 million while hervin lozano and Everton soares are closer to that amount

Nathan Graegin
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Nathan Graegin

I’d rather have chiesa as well as saint max before the other guys. Even Everton, I like Brazilians but they are like glass when coming to Europe.

Milanista121
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Milanista121

Yeah bro, all good, hope the same for you!!

@ashraf, killing the team you say… Piatek, Paqueta, Bakayoko and perhaps Caldara says hi:) Laxalt and Samu are good to have in the team as squad players. Only player they’ve failed with is Higuain, but that’s not on them, something that can be seen with Higuains tenure with chelsea, he didn’t even start vs Liverpool.
“Killing the team”, give me a break.

Ashraf
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Paquata is not gud as barela in reality Samu castilejo is flop bakiyoko is gattoso s choice

Ashraf
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The only gud thing they did is piatek and caldara I think sometimes luck will support u

Naz
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Naz

Are you seriously of the opinion that Leo & Maldini are killing Ac Milan??? There the best thing to happen to Ac Milan since we split from Inter

derya
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derya

addiction to succes drives the mind to irrational comments…not everyone is made up to stay focused in times of transformation..paqueta and piatek already showed us what the leo-dini couple ship will bring us.

Alexmilan
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Alexmilan

Do u understand this sport named football ???

godiva
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godiva

Atalanta had 47 Shot, 17 of them on target, Empoli barely had a chance. It just wasn’t their day.

Ashraf
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Naz luk inter or napoli they got better players than us then we bought every season players who have no quality

Naz
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Naz

So what your saying is… Leo & Maldini have failed to close the gap on Napoli & Inter and our position is there fault? Right then please bare with me a moment while I just crack my fingers and give this a shot…. I’m going to presume your not a fan long enough to remember the absolute shit show Elliot inherited from a complete idiot by the name of Li something or other who also inherited an arguably even worse shit show from Silvio Berlusconi which had been going on for around about ten miserable years? Now that brings us… Read more »

Ashraf
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Naz i know we are in trouble for long time but I don’t think those two can solve our problem even if Elliot give them billion dollar mark my words we will talk another day for what am saying

Ashraf
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Naz real Madrid wanted paqueta hhhhh that is funny

derya
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derya

some drugs need to be buyed ilegaly.as the dose needet to overturn the current state is not possible to garantee no risky side effects by doctors. and who is turning life his back to try fashiondrugs is anyway somehow lost.does not believe anymore. the story of milan is in the name of maldini. every revolution-change in whatever situation has been made by humans who had carisma and the will.having leo-dini representing the colors of milan gives this club such a power.its a drug himself. just sit back and enjoy…. i love what is happening to our beloved milan. and i… Read more »

Alexmilan
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Alexmilan

We have a lot of quality ! Piatek, Paqueta, Suso, Romagnoli, Kessie, Bakayoko, Cutrone, Donnarumma, Calhanoglu, Caldara. We need just a very good CM and a very good LW to be top !

nick
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nick

Nope. Gasperini is a brilliant coach and I have nothing respect for him. I enjoy his football and I appreciate his work and football intelligence.

If you watched Atalanta vs Empoli game you would have never made that comment. Empoli should count their blessings because they were totally taken a part and Atalanta didn’t win because of bad luck not bad tactics. When your players missing open goals then there is nothing more the coach can do.

Naz
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Naz

I think Baresi’s dream was being sarcastic mate

nick
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nick

Ok cool. Thanks. I wasn’t sure to be honest.

shackur
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Nick choose one:
1. Gasperini with best formation and good football draw against empoli, and 6th on the log
2. Gattuso no tactics no formations no good football but beat lazio and fourth on the log.
3. To me let Gattuso stay till end of season before i can judge

nick
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nick

Gasperini would have done better with 300m dollar squad. We should not even be comparing them since on paper Milan have the better team.

Besides Gattuso made it clear that he prefers to work with older more experienced players. Milan have one the youngest squad in Serie A. Let that sink in. I would choose Gasperini any day.

Borriello had his best season under Gasperini so did Diego Milito and Duvan Zapata. Before Gasperini coach and they were mediocre players who turned into goal scoring machines. Just imagine what Gasperini can do with Piatek? Gasperini all day for me.

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Nick mate, my point is that you count your chickens at the end of the season. Like you, I have much respect for Gasparini. Me and you have our (slight?) difference of opinion, but I have no doubt we share the same passion for this great club that is AC Milan.

nick
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nick

@Baresis Dream….Message well received. Forza Milan. Sempre!