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Milan’s Bonucci shown 1st red card in Italy decided by VAR

October 22, 2017

AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci, left, speaks with referee Piero Giacomelli, center, after receiving a red card during a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Genoa, at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. Bonucci was sent off in the first half of Milan's 0-0 draw at home with Genoa on Sunday for elbowing a defender in the head as he jostled for position on a free kick. (Matteo Bazzi/ANSA via AP)

MILAN (AP) — Leonardo Bonucci has been shown the first red card in Serie A decided by the video assistant referee (VAR).

Bonucci was sent off in the first half of Milan’s 0-0 draw at home with Genoa on Sunday for elbowing a defender in the head as he jostled for position on a free kick.

Bonucci’s blow to Aleandro Rosi’s head in the 23rd minute left the Genoa player on the ground for several minutes before the blood was cleaned up and he continued playing.

The referee did not initially show Bonucci red but then extracted the card from his pocket after consulting with the VAR.

Milan coach Vincenzo Montella says, “I don’t think it was intentional foul play. ... The VAR needs to be remodeled.”

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