Tuesday May 4 2021
Paratici’s complicated relationship with referees

Juventus CFO Fabio Paratici has escaped a fourth punishment for disrespecting the referee but has been involved in several controversies with officials this season.

Udinese’s director Pier Paolo Marino accused Paratici of influencing the referee at half time of Udinese-Juventus on Sunday.

“I am angry because my team put in a great performance and I am here to protect their hard work,” Marino told Sky Sport Italia.

“The Ronaldo free kick that led to the penalty should’ve been a free kick in Udinese’s favour instead. I am a veteran of football, so I’ve seen before those who cling to complaining over the lack of first half stoppages to intimidate the referee.”

The Juventus director was not sanctioned this time but has already faced the consequences for disrespecting referees this season.

The last one was on December 8 when he was ‘banned from every activity within the FIGC and from representing Juventus at a federal level until December 14.’

Paratici had already been fined for disrespectful criticism towards the match officials after the Crotone clash (€10,000 fine) and following the Hellas Verona tie (€15,000).

Both he and Juventus vice president Pavel Nedved were caught shouting ‘shame on you’ at the referee during Napoli-Juventus this past February.

The incidents involving Paratici and Nedved have come in Juventus' worst season in a decade as Inter ended Juve's dominance of Serie A.

Paratici and Nedved’s contracts expire in June, and there are reports they could both leave Juventus if Massimiliano Allegri returns to the Allianz Stadium at the end of the season.