La Spezia-Inter Milan: Barely entered, Nazzola replaced by Motta for earring problem

Thiago Motta lost patience with one of his players, who was unable to remove his earring, during a match count for the 33rd day of Serie A between La Spezia and Inter Milan this Friday. Entering the game, M’Bala Nzola was replaced after just 10 minutes.

It was a surprising sight that happened this Friday during the Serie A meeting between La Spezia and Inter Milan. Entered at the hour mark, launched by Thiago Motta, M’Bala Nzola was replaced after just ten minutes. And not because of injury. On point: The Angolan centre-forward was playing with an earring, which is against the rules.

Motta has lost patience

The game referee asked Nazola to remove the earring in the 65th minute. But in a genuine way, the player failed to accede to this request. While his team was playing at 10 for several minutes, Thiago Motta decided to dismiss his player in the 70th minute, bringing on former Toulouse player Yanis Antieste.

La Spezia were trailing 1–0 at the time of the incident and conceded the second goal scored by Lautaro Martínez (73rd) in a stride. Alexis Sánchez validated his team’s victory in extra time (90 + 4th), while Motta’s players narrowed the gap thanks to Giulio Maggiore (88th). Marcelo Brozovic had opened the scoring in the first period (30th), on a missile sent into the skylight.

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M’Bala Nzola, 25, has already scored two goals in 21 Serie A games this season. Thanks to this win, Inter Milan temporarily take the lead in the championship with 69 points, while AC Milan play against Genoa this Friday. For La Spezia, Nazzola and his teammates remain in 15th place after this 33rd day.

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