Wednesday January 23 2019
Serie A goes Info-VARs

Social media campaigns like #JuveOut serve only to obscure the real issues in Serie A, writes Gaby McKay.

Last week, following the Supercoppa between Juventus and Milan, the hashtag #JuveOut began trending in Italy.

The social media campaign appears to have been started by an Inter fan in the wake of the Bianconeri’s controversial win in Jeddah. “I’m trying to launch a hashtag which will serve to organise a widespread protest for a country which loves football and can no longer tolerate certain tricks: #JuveOut,” Interismo Cosmico wrote. “We ask Serie A to remove Juventus from our league”.


Juve had beaten Milan 1-0 thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal, but several controversial incidents had happened over the 90 minutes. Franck Kessie was correctly sent off, but Blaise Matuidi escaped without a red card for a similar foul. The Rossoneri were also denied a clear penalty for Emre Can’s foul, which bizarrely wasn’t referred to VAR.

So, a slam dunk, right? Not quite. Matuidi’s challenge should have been referred to VAR, but it wasn’t as clear an offence as Kessie’s. And Juve had their own claims for a penalty when the ball struck Cristian Zapata’s arm, though for this writer at least it was unintentional. Much like Can’s foul on Conti though, it was never even referred to VAR.

The problem with the #JuveOut movement is that it’s just all too easy. Juventus win not because they have the most money, the best squad, and spent €100m on Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer, but because the club is orchestrating some grand conspiracy among referees and those who run the game.

That assertion is, quite frankly, ludicrous and the conspiracy must extend to Europe too, after the Champions League Finals reached in 2015 and 2017. How galling for the Old Lady that the conspiracy ended right before she faced a better team with more resources in the showpiece match.

This movement is indicative of a deep and legitimate problem in Italian football, namely that there’s no trust in the people who run the game. After the failure to qualify for the 2016 World Cup there was plenty of talk about revolution, but the heads of the FIGC are Gabriele Gravina, Gaetano Miccichè and Cosimo Sibilia, old, white men who have been insiders for years.

There are issues with referees too, with rules applied inconsistently and VAR protocol seemingly followed on a random basis - Serie A is a league of arbitrary arbitri.

Turning to crazy conspiracy theories won’t address any of this though, indeed it’s the oldest trick in the book. There’s nothing that can be done about massive global inequality because lizard people run the world, and America doesn’t have to re-examine its relationship with guns because all the mass shootings are orchestrated by the government anyway.

Similarly there’s no discussion to be had about the leadership of Italian football, or refereeing standards, because Juventus run it all anyway. One Rai 2 director even claimed the Bianconeri manipulate VAR images.

On the other side, many Juve fans insist anyone asserting Milan should have had a penalty in the Supercoppa, or Miralem Panic should have been sent off against Inter last season, is “bitter” and jealous”.

Calls go against Juventus too, as a quick perusal of the #JuveOut feed will show. The root of the campaign isn’t conspiracy, it’s incompetence and nepotism. Perhaps #ChangeSerieA would be a better hashtag, but don’t expect that one to catch on.

It’s much easier to rant about the calcio illuminati instead.

Have your say...
It is not just Juventus that is not corrupt, it is also ACM, Inter, Roma, Lazio and most of the rest. In Italy the bigger the team the bigger the favor from the referee, straight and simple.

My prove is the 1984/85 season which is the only season, where referees were allocated randomly. Verona won with Torino, Inter and Sampdoria following next.

The next season referees were chosen by a closed group called designatori arbitrali and surprise ...... Juventhieves won again.
on the 27th January, 2019 at 3:34pm
Juventus, even the FCA group should be disbanded back to 2006.
on the 25th January, 2019 at 11:14am
Come January, all the dreams of the blue and black parts of milan knows that season's over and they ALWAYS look to blame ANYONE but themselves. Thats why they will never be great, not even decent.

On par with the middle class teams more or less on a regular basis the only way to get exposure in media is to run the blame game. Maybe for once try and look at your own problems instead of pointing out everyone elses.
on the 25th January, 2019 at 1:11am
Conspiracy extends to Europe, but Madrit used to pay even better, aka Real vs. Bayern in 2017 CL and Hungarian referee.
on the 24th January, 2019 at 8:01pm
Milan, Inter, and Napoli fans only look at 50/50 situations going for Juve. Totally ignoring every decision that goes against us or for their teams.

They say Ronaldo was offside, but he was a arm length away from offside proving they don't even know the rules.

Zapata handball was clear. Defenders are suppose to put their hands behind their back in situations like that.

Paqueta foul on Ronaldo in the box. I would rate this in same category as Conti incident. Not clear and obvious
on the 24th January, 2019 at 9:44am
The last few times Roma didn't get penalties reviewed when they played Inter are innocent ref oversights.
Atalant v Inter game the ref was bought by Juve because Inter lost 4-1 or did Inter buy the ref because Atalanta should've scored 10. Inter the only side to get away with calciopoli still pretending they're victims.
on the 24th January, 2019 at 8:19am
Haha, not surprised this comes from an Inter fan... Always Inter fans, always Inters president, always Inters managers, always Inters players. Only way to even have a chance to win titles is to throw away Juve from Serie A haha... Are you for real?
on the 24th January, 2019 at 8:10am
If you believe Juve's favoured, you're officially messed up in the head. The reason why you all believe Juventus are favoured is that media constantly bring it up full well-knowing you sheep lap it up. Because of this referees are so so so concern about being perceived as being "pro-juve", they frequently make calls against them to come across as "fair"-the irony is astounding. They face uphill battles every match as a result. The squad is by far the strongest and your delusional to think otherwise
on the 24th January, 2019 at 2:39am
Inter counldn't win when they were cheating, can't win now so they they think their poorly managed wasteful club with a few quality player that blow hot and cold should be handed the scudetto again. Step up spent you money wise buy Modric buy Messi. Juve buying Ronaldo has brought extra income to the lower clubs.
on the 24th January, 2019 at 12:14am
I am a juve fan but to be honest, we get too many crucial calls for us at crucial moments in serie A. We don't need this. Match interference from officials is killing the league. Calciopoli buried serie A and it seems the league has not learned.
on the 23rd January, 2019 at 9:20pm
K. Larson is right. All top teams are favored by referees. Especially in Italy there is a history of this stemming back to the fascist era. Football in Italy is very much political. There is more money involved then ever, to assume everything is squeaky clean is naive.
Milan get favors, Inter gets em too.
Juve is by far the best run club, but the factors are economic, political, historical, structural, etc... it's not that anyone who identifies as Juventino is somehow genetically superior.
on the 23rd January, 2019 at 6:33pm
Sorry Lino, but your wise words will have no impact on these brain dead salty trolls lol. Either way, its basically the writer and my argument that juve cheats their way to the CL finals and then somehow just cant cheat at the final itself lolol. These ppl live with loser mentallity, its all they have to keep them going hahahhahahhaah its really sad. Jist not for me hahahahahah haaaaaaawbkb
on the 23rd January, 2019 at 5:05pm
The conspiracy doesn't extend to Europe because Italian refs don't do Juve games in CL
on the 23rd January, 2019 at 4:40pm
didn't juve say "We would like to train cl referees" after madrid game?
on the 23rd January, 2019 at 3:31pm
Juveout they say?

There was a time when everybody loved Juventus (the loosers) after Farsopoli, a period of 5 years 2006-2011. Even Moratti was symphatetic saying: He missed "the real Juve". Inter were dominamt since all competition was gone cus of Farsopoli.

Here's a video that shows some "good calls" for Inter back then, when it was morally correct to give Inter non existent penalties.

Its a sad fact that people have weak memories.
on the 23rd January, 2019 at 3:22pm
Maldini’s Heir thank you for dropping truth on what’s really going on. Teams in Italy love using Juve as a scapegoat for there failure. Look at there performances in Europe? Napoli through away qualification knowing there last match was going to be at ansfield. Inter look like trash away to Tottenham and can’t even defeat PSV at home to go through both clubs in the Europa. While Atalanta crash out the Europa by a team not known to man and Milan can’t even qualify out of there group.
on the 23rd January, 2019 at 3:00pm
Didn't they try this once?
Haven't they already failed miserably once?

Those who honestly believe that Juve run the league and the referees, and the VAR should probably ask themselves this question:

If Juve already know that they are going to win, because they have bought the trophies, then why on God's green earth would they spend the money on the players?

Is that too rational a question to those too deficient?
on the 23rd January, 2019 at 2:41pm
Although a hashtag like the one mentioned is exaggerating, it's nevertheless a call out for change and that something is indeed not what it should be.

Repeating instances favoring one club, that are coincidental? Naturally it begs the questioning.

VAR is still new in Italy, compared with the video review system in the US (NFL). Over there, bad calls are just not accepted. Just look at the petition for a championship re-match, made over 1 bad ref call. It's signed by almost 700,000 people.
on the 23rd January, 2019 at 2:30pm
I get the writer's point about distrust in Italian football, but frankly speaking not all of these emotions are worth paying attention to. I have seen people who firmly believe Juve success wouldn't have happened (and Milan would still be on top of Calcio) if Gol di Muntari was called correctly. This is not rooted in distrust but pure delusion.
on the 23rd January, 2019 at 2:25pm
Ive watched Seria A since early 80's - old diog I know.
There are NO doubt in my mind, that Juventus are favoured by referees in Italy against all other teams in Seria A. The "coincidents" are too many to be coincidents any more.
But ACM and Inter are also favoured against minor opponents.
In fact, it is a pattern and charecteristics for Seria A, a rule that can be boiled down to this: The top team gets the referees favour.
Juve>ACM/Inter>Roma/Lazio/Napoli>the 7-11>the rest.

on the 23rd January, 2019 at 2:25pm
"but Blaise Matuidi escaped without a red card for a similar foul. The Rossoneri were also denied a clear penalty for Emre Can’s foul". Seriously? Matuidi's was not the same and the penalty was anything but "clear". If it even went to VAR (which it correctly shouldn't) it wouldn't have been given because Conti pulled Can's shirt before the foul.
on the 23rd January, 2019 at 2:17pm
I like these articles defending Juventus written by a Juve fan. Get real dude noone cares what u think about since you are affected...
on the 23rd January, 2019 at 1:26pm
You can always count on a bitter and pathetic inter fan to do something like this.
Conspiracy was the reason their club has amounted to anything the last time it happened, they were nothing before it for a long time and remain nothing after it.

Both the campaign and the article were very amusing.

@ Maldini's Heir

I salute you for being one of the very few reasonable fans around here.
on the 23rd January, 2019 at 1:21pm
Inter want another cardboard cup. VAR will never be perfectly just or consistent because the humans running it aren't. My gripe with VAR are too many non-deliberate hand balls and if ref mostly agree with VAR then just award the call without the ref having to review it. The other problem with VAR is fans biased views.
on the 23rd January, 2019 at 1:18pm
Stop this video and you can see that Ronaldo is not offside. As only body, and feet count towards offside. Arms does not count.
on the 23rd January, 2019 at 1:14pm
Watch this video. 2:36 you can watch a clear penalty
on the 23rd January, 2019 at 12:59pm
@Viktor everybody?? more like Milan, Inter, and Napoli fans

Here is the link for paqueta foul:
on the 23rd January, 2019 at 12:50pm
every incident is always for juve benefit.
juve paid all the referee.

no need to go around the bushes...
just dig Facchetti's and G.Rossi's grave
so that interisti can start Calciopoli Part II.

You know what they say...
If you can't beat them on the pitch,
beat them on court.
on the 23rd January, 2019 at 12:09pm
Inter can only win trophies if others are "removed". A club for the ultimate kind of losers.
on the 23rd January, 2019 at 12:05pm
inter milan should be in #SerieC instead
on the 23rd January, 2019 at 11:59am

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