What the papers say...
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Marotta: 'Ref is from Naples'
Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta stirred up huge controversy by suggesting referee Marco Guida didn’t give a penalty “because he is from Naples.”
Conte: 'Ref should be sacked!'
Antonio Conte claims tonight’s referee should be sacked. “He said he ‘didn’t feel ready’ to give the penalty. That’s not normal. I cannot tolerate this.”
Ballardini: 'Genoa can complain too'
Davide Ballardini insisted Genoa deserved their point in Turin and had their own penalty incidents to complain about.
Borriello pegs back Juventus
Marco Borriello scored at the Juventus Stadium to give Genoa a hard-fought 1-1 draw against his old club on Coach Davide Ballardini’s debut, but the Bianconeri were furious. Juve had two penalty appeals, including one in stoppages.
Corini praises Flying Donkeys
Eugenio Corini praised Chievo’s performance after their surprise victory away to Lazio. “We bring home these three points with merit.”
Petkovic: 'A bad day, but...'
Vladimir Petkovic insists Lazio “did not deserve to lose” against Chievo and he stands by his decision to rest Hernanes.
Marotta confirms Anelka deal
Juventus “are in an emergency situation, but Nicolas Anelka will be our only signing,” declared general manager Beppe Marotta.
Chievo shocker ends Lazio run
Lazio’s 16-match unbeaten run in all competition came crashing to a halt, as Chievo confirmed their status as bête noir with a 1-0 victory at the Olimpico.
Paul Pogba, Mirko Vucinic and Fabio Quagliarella lead Juventus out against Genoa on Coach Davide Ballardini’s debut.
Ventura: 'Shameless Toro with Inter'
Giampiero Ventura wants an “arrogant and shameless Torino” against Inter at San Siro tomorrow night, but also criticised the media for focusing on transfer gossip.
Milan 'offer €20m for Balotelli'
La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Milan have presented “a serious €20m offer” to Manchester City for Mario Balotelli.
Official: Destro out for two months
Roma have officially confirmed that Mattia Destro will be out for around two months after he underwent knee surgery today.
Lazio make changes for their late afternoon kick-off against Chievo, who represent something of a bête noir.
Report: Liverpool seal £11m Coutinho
Reports are emerging from Italy that Inter have agreed a €13m transfer fee with Liverpool for Philippe Coutinho.
Zaccardo set for Milan debut
Cristian Zaccardo could make his Milan debut against Atalanta tomorrow, as the new arrival is already in the squad.
Serie B: Surprise home defeats
Serie B is back with a bang and surprise results, as Modena, Varese, Bari and Empoli capitulated at home, while Livorno stalled in Padova.
Sorrentino: 'Chievo split was bad'
Stefano Sorrentino is ready for his Palermo debut and reveals his emotions at leaving Chievo. “It’s a mixture of joy, anger and disappointment.”
Montella: 'I miss Catania'
Vincenzo Montella has fond memories of Catania ahead of tomorrow’s game, but Fiorentina are still without David Pizarro.
Agent: 'Balotelli? Anything can happen'
Mario Balotelli’s agent has said “anything can happen from here until January 31 and we are keeping vigilant” after Milan dropped hints.
Inter hint at Coutinho sale
Andrea Stramaccioni admits Philippe Coutinho will be sold to raise funds for Paulinho. “Painful sales can bring in important players who will improve Inter.”
Galliani: 'Balotelli 99.9%...'
Adriano Galliani left the door open for Mario Balotelli to Milan. “Kaka and Didier Drogba are 101% not coming. Balotelli is 99.9%...”
Zeman slams Stekelenburg
Roma Coach Zdenek Zeman attacked Maarten Stekelenburg, as a move to Fulham seems inevitable, but is not troubled by Mattia Destro’s injury.
Allegri: 'Milan can't throw games away'
Massimiliano Allegri urged his Milan side to stop throwing leads away ahead of their match with Atalanta. “We can’t risk drawing these games.”
Torosidis to get Roma debut
Vasilis Torosidis receives his first call-up for Roma, but there is a striker shortage going into the lunch-time kick-off with Bologna.
Strama: 'Inter can't get this wrong'
Andrea Stramaccioni warns Inter they “can’t get this wrong” against Torino, as Antonio Cassano returns but Diego Milito is still sidelined.
Anelka Juve medical on Monday
Nicolas Anelka will reportedly undergo a medical with Juventus on Monday, as he awaits the FIFA transfer from Shanghai Shenhua.
Collina: 'Racism is a cancer'
UEFA chief Pierluigi Collina has told referees they “must be ready to make the decision” to suspend games in order to fight “the cancer of racism.”
Napoli's Maggio suffers fracture
Christian Maggio will miss Napoli’s difficult trip to Parma after undergoing surgery for a fractured left hand.
Banking crisis hits Siena sponsors
Siena’s season is going from bad to worse, as the club will lose €8m in sponsorship money from troubled bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena.
Official: Acerbi to Genoa for Constant
Milan will hand Francesco Acerbi back to Genoa in exchange for co-ownership of Kevin Constant, it has been announced.
Official: Pabon to Monterrey
Parma striker Dorlan Pabon will officially join Mexican club Monterrey in June, though before then he could be loaned to Deportivo La Coruna.
Coutinho sold for Paulinho?
Inter are ready to sacrifice Philippe Coutinho to Liverpool or Southampton to raise funds for Paulinho, who Corinthians point out will cost €20m.
Lyon: 'Lisandro won't join Juve'
“Lisandro Lopez will not be joining Juventus,” confirmed Olympique Lyonnais despite reports of the Bianconeri sending a delegation to France.
Corini's Chievo crisis with Lazio
Chievo boss Eugenio Corini is dealing with an injury crisis ahead of today’s match with Lazio. “Vladimir Petkovic has found the right alchemy for his team.”
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