Monday March 22 2021
Ref watch: Juve denied penalty, dubious Ibra goal

Italian sports papers write Juventus were denied a penalty against Benevento while Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goal against Fiorentina was 'dubious.'

The Old Lady protested when Federico Chiesa went down for a Daam Foulon challenge in the second half, with the Bianconeri already one goal down.

The referee waved to play on, and so did the VAR.

La Gazzetta dello Sport, Tuttosport and Il Corriere dello Sport all agree Rosario Abisso should have awarded the Bianconeri a spot-kick and can't explain why Luca Banti, who was in charge of VAR, didn't intervene.

Il Corriere dello Sport writes Abisso’s refereeing was a “disaster” and rates the match official 4/10, the same rating from Tuttosport, while La Gazzetta rates Abisso 4.5.

There were controversies also at the Artemio Franchi, where Fiorentina protested after Ibrahimovic's opener.

"In our view, it was affected by a push on German Pezzella," Giancarlo Antognoni said after the final whistle.

Italian sports papers concede the goal is dubious, but Marco Guida's decision not to disallow the goal was "acceptable", writes La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Guida is rated 6/10 by each sports papers in Italy.