SAMPDORIA'S manager admitted he deserved his red card against AC Milan and revealed details of his X-rated blast at the referee.
Marco Giampaolo let rip at the official as his side lost 2-1 at home to the Rossoneri.
The Sampdoria boss was furious at a number of decisions – but confessed he overstepped the line when talking to the ref.
And it resulted in Michael Fabbri sending him off in injury time.
Giampaolo said: "The red card for me was fair.
"I told the ref he is an a***hole."
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Junior Messias put the Serie A champions ahead after just six minutes but they were reduced to ten men just after half-time when Rafael Leao was sent off.
The Portuguese star, a transfer target for Chelsea, was handed a second yellow for an attempted dangerous overhead kick.
Filip Duricic equalised for the hosts on 57 minutes with a neat header but ten minutes later Olivier Giroud hit the winner from the penalty spot after a controversial VAR handball call.
Giampaolo's fury spilled over late on as he was punished for dissent – but did not back down when speaking to Sky Sport Italia.
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The 55-year-old, who had a brief stint in charge of Milan in 2019, added: "After Leao’s red card, which was sacrosanct, the referee then started officiating purely in one direction, almost as if he was trying to make amends for something.
“Every decision went against us. Plus you shouldn’t officiate with arrogance, you need to handle the pressure. It’s an important result for both clubs, not just Milan.
“It is right that I was sent off, because I called him an a***hole, but this is not how you deal with cards, you need to be more reasonable. Otherwise you lose control of the game.
“I am never controversial with referees, I have great respect for them, but this was a referee who was not in control of the match.
"It’s entirely possible Milan would’ve won anyway, don’t get me wrong, but I did not like his attitude.”
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