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Sunday January 27 2013
Handling Juventus-Genoa

Juventus and their fans were livid after the draw with Genoa, but Susy Campanale warns they are angry at the wrong incidents.

I am always surprised at how little football fans seem to know about the rules of this sport. Every time there’s a contentious incident we have to explain the latest guidelines on interpreting the rules, whether it’s ‘ball to hand’ or whether someone who is offside is interfering with play. Juventus, however, have no excuse and should be ashamed of themselves for their reaction to the Genoa draw.

Andreas Granqvist completely messed up his clearance and accidentally kicked the ball on to his own arm. His arm was raised, but only in the way it would be when sliding in to make a last-ditch interception. He did not move his arm towards the ball, which ricocheted up from point-blank range off his leg. It was the very definition of an involuntary gesture. As such, it is not a penalty.

I refer you to the rules set out by FIFA.

“Handling the ball involves a deliberate act of a player making contact with the ball with his hand or arm. The referee must take the following into consideration:

-        The movement of the hand towards the ball (not the ball towards the hand)

-        The distance between the opponent and the ball (unexpected ball)

-        The position of the hand does not necessarily mean that there is an infringement”

What’s more, pre-season the referees in Italy have a get-together to go over the latest guidelines on interpreting the rules. This included handling offences, advising that if the ball ricocheted off a part of the body and on to the arm, it could not be considered deliberate. These guidelines were then taken around the various Serie A and B clubs so that they could be explained with video examples. Juventus and Conte will therefore know that these are the rules. Their hysterical reaction to that incident is completely disproportionate.

General manager Beppe Marotta then made the situation 100 times worse by suggesting referee Marco Guida didn’t give the penalty “because he is from Naples.” It’s on a par with Catania President Antonino Pulvirenti claiming the linesman had a Juventus symbol on his Facebook page after the Elefantini were denied a goal. Remember that? Recall how much the Bianconeri fans bleated that it was a pathetic approach to an honest mistake? Well, you’ve just fallen below that level. Congratulations.

The worst part of all this is, Juventus do have reason to complain. Mirko Vucinic was blatantly pulled back by his shirt in the penalty area when trying to get on the end of a cross. That should’ve been a penalty. Focusing obsessively on an incident that was open to interpretation is just making them look ridiculous and distracting from a genuine error.

Conte claimed Guida told him he “didn’t feel ready” to award the penalty deep into stoppages. This phrase is also open to interpretation. He didn’t feel ready because he wasn’t sure. He was not sure because there was a clear ricochet off the leg and the handball was not deliberate. Similarly, the assistants are there to advise the referee, but he ultimately has the final word. Why must Italians always leap to a conspiracy theory when logical explanations are right there? Juventus of all people ought to know the dangers of that game.

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Have your say...
Juve of all clubs complaining ? Gimme a break! How can an ethically unethical coach and club preach ethics ? Two words -CALCIOPOLI 2006
on the 27th January, 2013 at 5:32pm
@viktor

You came out here comenting on juve. When milan get NON handball penalty against juve where were you ????
on the 27th January, 2013 at 5:31pm
Adding to my previous comment, u must be smoking crack if u think that Milan or Inter for example wouldn't ve been awarded that penalty. The FIGC are so anti juve it's a joke. They gave Napoli 2 points back and their captain where as despite having a much better case, Conte still gets banned for 4 months? What? If Napoli win the league this season they will know it' s because they cheated and were given numerous favours. However they won't, as they're just too hot headed n always bottle
on the 27th January, 2013 at 5:28pm
Nonsense article. Sometimes the rues are irrelevant. If we went by the rules there would be 20 penalties a game for shirt pulling in the area. The handball was a stonewall penalty. The contact made by his foot 1st was minimal - ie the ball still carried on almost the exact same path as it would ve done originally. Add to this he denied a clear goalscoring opportunity as had he not handled (with his arm miles away from his body) then it would ve been a tap in for Vucinic. Anti-juve bias yet again
on the 27th January, 2013 at 5:22pm
PLEASE could someone tell me why hasnt any of Juventus players/coaches been fined for their disgusting behavior insulting the ref, attacking him and their president calling him a cheat beacause he is from Napoli?

Can someone please explain? Inter players and coach has been fined and banned for far less reasons.

On another note, it`s great to see Juve get some of their own medicine for a change.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 5:11pm
Here we go again. More Susy rubbish.... She only writes blogs about Juve, she's obsessed with them!
on the 27th January, 2013 at 4:41pm
Very disappointed by the attitude and behaviour of both Juve's management and fans.

Yes, the referee was poor, but he was poor for BOTH sides. At the end of the day, Juve struggled to create clear-cut chances against a basement side. Without Pirlo, Juve lack creativity, composure & vision. We all know that they need a clinical striker, but IMO, they also need a number 10; because, despite having much of the ball, this team is very predictable.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 4:36pm
Are there any fans who can put their hatred of Juve aside and use common sense. I find it pretty ridiculous that people are attacking Juve. If you are a knowledgable football fan, you would agree that the call was wrong. Don't let your bias cloud your judgement.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 4:08pm
I have a major problem with this article, specifically the author's use of the exact lettering of the rule. REFEREES DO NOT CALL HAND BALLS LIKE THAT. Does anyone in their right mind think that shots moving at extreme speeds are deliberately touched by defender's arms? No way. I would say that the vast majority of hand balls are accidental but they are still called because everybody understands what a hand ball should be. That play SHOULD HAVE BEEN A HANDBALL.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 4:06pm
In any case, the referee was wrong. This is the fact. The author of this article can interpret the rules in different ways, however the true is that if Granqvist did not touch the ball, Vucinic would get it for sure. It means, that ball's flight direction was changed. Romero also mentioned that penalty shout is there, but main guy, guida said no. May be he did not see the moment, probably it is due to the lack of experience or his Naples spirit played some role. It was a night full of mistakes !
on the 27th January, 2013 at 4:04pm
@joemetro

"Racist against Italians" hah, what are you on? How is the blog writer rascist??
on the 27th January, 2013 at 4:02pm
And there goes my respect for Susy. In Italy, touching a ball with your hands in your own box is ALWAYS considered deliberate, so this makes your whole article useless. Utter garbage! It's always the same with media, bashing Juventus and make everything look suspicious is "in". Congratulations on your below standard journalism! If you make a point about something, RESEARCH it first. Garbage writers should keep their mouths shut.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 3:53pm
The Championship is falsified. This will be a cardboard Scudetto. Whomever wins it can expect to have it stripped an handed to Inter 3 years from now.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 3:42pm
TO: Viktor
We all know what he done.

And what he done??? He "couldn't have not known" - is this what he done? Ridiculous, stupid, absolutely absurd accusation of Italian sport "justice". The whole world is laughing at Italy's juridical system. Wake up, don't make a cloun of yourself..
on the 27th January, 2013 at 3:35pm
@mewstafa and a lot others

I'm stunned by the stupidity and utter rudeness you show the writer. Saw someone even say go back to the kitchen. Dude, it's 2013 get real. Mustafa, thought we went trough this noone I repeat no one cares of your input. Juve has to stop complaining its getting embers embarrassing for Italian football. I use to like conte as a coach thought he had potential now I consider him as a cheating moaning person with delusions
on the 27th January, 2013 at 3:28pm
Completely unjust to Juve, if it were Juve who hand balled then genoa would have most def got the penalty!
on the 27th January, 2013 at 3:25pm
So sick and tired of juves constant whining and moaning. Frankly, it's pathetic. And above all, shouldn't conte keep he's mouth. We all know what he done.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 3:22pm
Give me a break, please. Juventus has every right to argue that. Just like any other team would or a coach sticking up for his team would. Worst non-call of year. In San Siro it would have been a handball. Even when the ball hits you in the hip. You could see in real time and more obvious in replay. Go ahead and review the game against AC Milan.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 3:17pm
Amazing how Susy gets work! This latest blog by her really is disguisting. Had the 3 penalties been denied to Genoa then today's blog would have been about how bad Italian refs are and how the Manager's reaction was totally justified. Everyone can see that push on Vucinic or 2 Genoa players man handling Pogba before Frey also choped him down in the box & Granqvist stonewall penalty for handball, the icing on the cake. Juve have every reason to complain. Remember Isla ball to ribs Vs Milan, Susy?
on the 27th January, 2013 at 3:16pm
Juve complaining about refereeing decisions?&Still, the irony of this is lost on everyone but them.

A whining sense of entitlement, of those who shrug 'that's football' when decisions are for them, yet see global conspiracy in every throw -n they do not get.

Juve are the best team in Serie A, but can we let them take their ball and go play by themselves? The perfect club for the modern age. Those who have everything demanding we give them more.

It's just noise now. Dull.

Unpleasant children.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 3:07pm
Since the day I was born I have been a Juventus fan, and yes I was upset with the refereeing .. whether it be the handball or Vucinic being pulled down, but fact is Juve have had their share of generous calls from the referees throughout the season.. Catania anybody? Many fans are so quick to forget when things are called their way.

What I saw from Juventus players and then reaction from fans on twitter was a disgrace. This is the winningest club in Italy and they need to act like it.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 2:13pm
Who ever wrote this blog is obviously jealous and racist towards Italians and whoever doesn't think that was a penalty obviously never played the game before
on the 27th January, 2013 at 2:13pm
I just wander how people, especially Italians, can say that Juve is kind of a embarrassment to Italian football. Juve is the best that Italian football ever produced. Just remember how many Juve players are forming the Italian National.

Reading about Juve under Milan's shadow was funny.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 2:12pm
Rules are one thing. Interpretation is another. Penalties are usually given for this kind of incident. Juve should feel hard done by. Especially when the referring assistant actually GAVE the penalty!
on the 27th January, 2013 at 2:12pm
"Are Juve still paying for the Calciopoli 2006?After watching the game yesterday.......YES!!!When will Juve ever get equality.Probably never in my estimation.I urge all JUVE supporters to continue our battle for equality.
FORZA JUVE
on the 27th January, 2013 at 2:11pm
Susy you are wrong to say ball ricocheted up from point-blank range off his leg. Granqvist did not made any contact with ball before the hand ball. It was clearly evident ball touched the ground and rises while he missed timing. How on earth you claim it otherwise! Juve surely deserves a penalty as this hand ball prevented a clear goal scoring opportunity. Granqvist hand was not moving towards the ball yet his hand moved to block the ball's path on course to two Juve players waiting in the box.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 2:04pm
The goal line ref called the penalty. He also knows the "rules," and yet he called it a penalty the moment it happened. The on-pitch reffing in this game was indeed a shame, and the handling offense was indeed a penalty offense.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 1:04pm
To inzaghi9 I am sure jUventus are not lliving in Milan shadow but u r too dumb to realize it. Anyway it is normal after all u are a fan of club owned by the biggest crock and cheat in Italian history Silvio berlisconi and then you call juventus cheaters u r a real joke and for the sore loser who claims that we wOn 5 games cheaply if u dO a calculation for the number of points called against us and in our favor we would have higher points so know what you talk about before you talk
on the 27th January, 2013 at 1:03pm
juventus fans dont know the rules ? you ever played the game ? clear penalty on vucinic ,think you write these blogs to be controversial its getting boring ,we will win the league again at a canter and that will shut the anti juve up
on the 27th January, 2013 at 12:59pm
Hey you idiot, novice, uneducated, unjust Susy Campanale; read the following said by Conte, in response to your stupid, baseless, biased, pro Napoli commentary:
“The rules speak clearly. This is not a penalty that can be given, it is a penalty. Let’s not change the cards on the table, otherwise tomorrow I’ll read the papers with ‘dubious penalty not given to Juve.’ It’s not dubious, it is stonewalled. Otherwise I’ll see people in bad faith.
“Be objective. If Leonardo Bonucci had a situation like this, tomorrow you’d have splashed the headline ‘Clear penalty denied to Genoa.’
“Do I fear a fine or ban for what I said? Oh great, now they’ll suspend me for saying ‘Shame.’ If there’s a goal line official who gives a penalty and the referee ignores him, what are we talking about? Does this seem like sport to you? Then I’ll hear some Saint on television moralizing from his armchair.
“We are talking about something very strange that happened here. A human error is one thing, but when an official says it’s a penalty and the referee doesn’t give it, then doubts are going to arise.”
on the 27th January, 2013 at 12:45pm

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