Palermo’s appeal against Roma’s goal at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday has been rejected.
The only goal of a tight encounter was scored when Rodrigo Taddei took a quick corner after a ball boy put the ball on the spot ready for the kick.
Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini had claimed that the game should be declared void as the rules state that the player must put the ball within the corner trident, but his claims have been dismissed.
Sports judge Gianpaolo Tosel watched video evidence but dismissed Zamparini’s claims as the rule advises that the referee’s discretion is to be used.
Tosel was satisfied that the officials made the right decision in letting the game continue and the result will stand.
"It's to be expected that our appeal would be dismissed - I would have been stunned if it had gone any other way," an enraged Zamparini bellowed.
"In Italy the sneeks always win and this is the umpteenth demonstration. At least we have the scant consolation of having showed people how things work."
Source: C4 Football Italia