Sunday October 28 2012
Marotta: 'Ref error not decisive'

Juventus director Beppe Marotta maintains the incorrectly disallowed Catania goal “would not have been decisive in this match.”

The Elefantini would have taken the lead when Gonzalo Bergessio’s first half strike was ruled offside, but the referee and his assistants got it wrong. Juve eventually won 1-0 in the second half with Arturo Vidal’s tap-in, though there were offside suspicions here too.

“The Catania goal was clean, but it would not have been decisive in this match,” insisted director general Marotta.

“Nobody can say Juventus would not have overturned the result, especially if we consider that we dominated for the whole game.

“I recognise it was a mistake by the referee, but at the same time I saw our victory was absolutely deserved.

“I saw the footage again and there was a consultation between the referee, the linesman and the goal line judge. It therefore seems illogical to insinuate that our players have such power to force officials into changing their minds.”

Juventus were once again not exactly impressive and Marotta believes the Champions League participation is taking its toll.

“European games are taking away some energy from us and on some occasions you can see the fatigue, but we still performed well and earned the three points.”

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