Catania chief Antonino Pulvirenti has alleged that assistant referee Luca Maggiani – the man at the centre of yesterday’s controversial loss to Juventus – is a Bianconero fan.
“There is a picture of Juve’s Scudetto on his Facebook page,” Pulvirenti claimed in an interview with Radio Anch’Io Sport.
“Everyone can support whichever team they want. But after what happened on Sunday and how he was influenced, tell me what we should think. I’m shocked.”
At this time, it seems that the Facebook page in question is not actually his.
“I’ve printed it out,” Pulvirenti continued. “If it is not authentic then I will apologise. I’m not an expert, but I do think it is his profile.”
Maggiani hit the headlines at the weekend when he ruled out a perfectly good goal by Catania, with the score at 0-0.
“We can accept an error, but something more happened,” the Massimino chief continued. “It seems clear that there is psychological sublimation.”
Pulvirenti argued after the 1-0 loss that Maggiani was forced into his decision after being pressurised by the Juventus players on the bench.
“The Juventus players deserve a severe punishment,” he added. “President Andrea Agnelli, who wants to reform football, should start from the simplest things.
“He should ask for his side to be handed a 3-0 loss. That would be a great gesture. Had the roles been reversed, we would have had three players dismissed from our bench…”