Sunday, 28 October 2007

Juventus: 'We're being punished'

Juventus President Giovanni Cobolli Gigli was livid after two controversial penalties were awarded against them in Naples. "They cannot treat us like this!"

The Bianconeri had already complained about the refereeing last week in the 1-0 win over Genoa when Pavel Nedved and coach Claudio Ranieri were sent off.

They were positively furious after two terrible penalty decisions helped Napoli to a 3-1 victory on Saturday evening.

"I do not even need to see the incidents again on the slow-motion replay. They were so clear even from the stands that even the Napoli fans near me recognised the errors," slammed Cobolli Gigli on Sky Sport.

"I have to wonder how on earth the referee and his assistants did not see them."

The club’s figurehead also implied this was some kind of punishment for the Calciopoli scandal and that Juve would never again be given the benefit of the doubt.

"We want to be judged by what we do on the field. We went into Serie B, returned in A and we are earning our position for a good season.

"We cannot be treated this way. It is not possible that the authorities did not see what happened today. Nobody will give us back our three points, but we do need the referees to officiate our games without all this pressure. I have never seen anything like it."

The match at the San Paolo was 1-1 when referee Mauro Bergonzi awarded a penalty for Giorgio Chiellini’s seemingly clean tackle on Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Soon after, the official pointed to the spot again when Marcelo Zalayeta appeared to dive over Gianluigi Buffon.

Juve found an unlikely ally in Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis, who praised his team but also admitted there had been mistakes.

"Those incidents are not our problem, but they are a problem for the Federation that hopefully will one day decide to use slow-motion replays on the field to make more accurate decisions. Then we’ll end it once and for all with this farce that only suits the media," said De Laurentiis.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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