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Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has opened up on what conspired between him and AC Milan defender Fikayo Tomori in Tuesday’s Champions League clash at the San Siro.
Tomori pulled Mount in the penalty box and German referee Daniel Siebert didn’t hesitate to point to the spot. Siebert also gave Tomori a red card, much to his amusement.
Tomori was angry about the decision, and Mount tried to calm him down at the time.
Mount has now revealed his side of the story after his ex academy mate was sent off.
He told the official club website: “He’s obviously my mate, I’ve known Fik for a very long time and I felt for him in that situation, I was gutted for him.
“I don’t think it was a sending-off. Was it a penalty? Maybe yes.
“I felt him trying to pull me back, but I was running to goal so I wasn’t going to go down and I felt like I could still have an opportunity to score.
“I’m an honest player and I want to try to score a goal and he pulled me back a little bit, but I feel for him for that decision. It’s a tough one.
“So I carried on going, didn’t score and then obviously the ref blew up and gave a pen straight away. I was probably a bit surprised at the time because I’ve still gone through and had a shot.”
“It was massive for us and we obviously wanted to win the game, which we did, but I still feel for Fik a lot,” Mount added.
“It was hard to see him get sent off. You still want to be playing 11 versus 11 and going at it with two good teams, so it maybe ruined the game a bit.”