Sunday January 27 2013
Handling Juventus-Genoa

Juventus and their fans were livid after the draw with Genoa, but Susy Campanale warns they are angry at the wrong incidents.

I am always surprised at how little football fans seem to know about the rules of this sport. Every time there’s a contentious incident we have to explain the latest guidelines on interpreting the rules, whether it’s ‘ball to hand’ or whether someone who is offside is interfering with play. Juventus, however, have no excuse and should be ashamed of themselves for their reaction to the Genoa draw.

Andreas Granqvist completely messed up his clearance and accidentally kicked the ball on to his own arm. His arm was raised, but only in the way it would be when sliding in to make a last-ditch interception. He did not move his arm towards the ball, which ricocheted up from point-blank range off his leg. It was the very definition of an involuntary gesture. As such, it is not a penalty.

I refer you to the rules set out by FIFA.

“Handling the ball involves a deliberate act of a player making contact with the ball with his hand or arm. The referee must take the following into consideration:

-        The movement of the hand towards the ball (not the ball towards the hand)

-        The distance between the opponent and the ball (unexpected ball)

-        The position of the hand does not necessarily mean that there is an infringement”

What’s more, pre-season the referees in Italy have a get-together to go over the latest guidelines on interpreting the rules. This included handling offences, advising that if the ball ricocheted off a part of the body and on to the arm, it could not be considered deliberate. These guidelines were then taken around the various Serie A and B clubs so that they could be explained with video examples. Juventus and Conte will therefore know that these are the rules. Their hysterical reaction to that incident is completely disproportionate.

General manager Beppe Marotta then made the situation 100 times worse by suggesting referee Marco Guida didn’t give the penalty “because he is from Naples.” It’s on a par with Catania President Antonino Pulvirenti claiming the linesman had a Juventus symbol on his Facebook page after the Elefantini were denied a goal. Remember that? Recall how much the Bianconeri fans bleated that it was a pathetic approach to an honest mistake? Well, you’ve just fallen below that level. Congratulations.

The worst part of all this is, Juventus do have reason to complain. Mirko Vucinic was blatantly pulled back by his shirt in the penalty area when trying to get on the end of a cross. That should’ve been a penalty. Focusing obsessively on an incident that was open to interpretation is just making them look ridiculous and distracting from a genuine error.

Conte claimed Guida told him he “didn’t feel ready” to award the penalty deep into stoppages. This phrase is also open to interpretation. He didn’t feel ready because he wasn’t sure. He was not sure because there was a clear ricochet off the leg and the handball was not deliberate. Similarly, the assistants are there to advise the referee, but he ultimately has the final word. Why must Italians always leap to a conspiracy theory when logical explanations are right there? Juventus of all people ought to know the dangers of that game.

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Have your say...
In this case and with this type of judgment if I kill someone indecently and not in purpose I'm innocent??? This is ridiculous... Handball is a handball there are rules!
on the 14th February, 2013 at 7:47am
Who cares if it was intentional or not? The hand was fully extended and the touch prevented the ball from reaching Vucinic right in front of goal. that's a penalty. A handball doesn't have to be blatantly intentional for it to be a penalty.
on the 4th February, 2013 at 3:31pm
If Juventus are relying on winning penalties to win games, then we are in a World of trouble. If we took our numerous chances then questionable decisions would be totally irrelevant. I was quite embarrassed by Conte and certain players behaviour at the end of the Genoa game. Since he returned to the technical area Conte seems hell-bent on picking fights with everybody. I expect better behaviour from the man who was so calm and focussed last season during the run-in to winning the Scudetto.
on the 31st January, 2013 at 6:38pm
Conte man up!!! Tired listening to your moaning
on the 30th January, 2013 at 12:01am
Susy, you're an idiot.
on the 29th January, 2013 at 5:00pm
although i can't agree with suzy's berating of juventinos (it gets a little tiresome to be accused of wrong doing after every call in our favor, justified or not that we are a little sensitive to being denied), i do think that this was a legit penalty but genoa also should have had one. but we had two other shouts that could be justified, so it adds up that we were gyped by the refs. but the post game tirades were poor, to error is human.
on the 29th January, 2013 at 2:15am

are u susy's twin sister?????
on the 29th January, 2013 at 2:01am
i see a hater for juve so dont try to explain.
on the 29th January, 2013 at 12:54am
I agree that Juve's reaction was excessive, but I think mainly because it was in the dying moments of the game. If it happened earlier on (like the tug on Vucinic), it wouldn't have been as bad. Accidental hand balls are often given as penalties though still. If it interferes with play...which that one did. Should have been handled a bit differently though. I hated seeing Napoli complain in the Super Coppa game, as well as Milan after the gol di Muntari. Juve's reaction was just as bad.
on the 28th January, 2013 at 10:13pm

With his big mouth he achieved scudetto with unbeaten run....

With your big mouth what have u achieved?

Any complain about Isla non handball penalty ?
on the 28th January, 2013 at 7:53pm
Ha Ha Ha Ha, like Meeelan fans and their hierarchy don't moan when decisions don't go their way... Muntari this, Muntari that, pleeeease, Whaaa Whaaa Whaaa Blah Blah Blah... zzZZZ

The phrase, the pot calling the kettle black springs to mind.

Lame attempts to rock the boat, get over yourselves! Meeelan are fallen giants, with fans who have a bad dose of small man's syndrome... Salutate la capolista suckers.

PS: Message for Inzaghi9 - *** Sul Campo... and Wot Wot Wot ;-)
on the 28th January, 2013 at 7:09pm
I am a die hard milanista and I've seen the incident and I would say yes it was a penalty. Simply because of where his arms were, not by his side but up near his face or higher. Yes it ball to hand but his arms shouldn't be that high. Forza MILAN!
on the 28th January, 2013 at 6:47pm
Penalty-no penalty, ball hits the post all this talk leads to lack of strikers. Anelka is just as tanned bendter in this fat Italian-American's view. For the Juve's brass to publicly say " Anelka is a cheaper option than Drogba" is just stupid business. A cheaper and better option would've been keeping ADP for this year. Our chances of making into into the finals of CL would be better. Consequently, the chances of signing a top striker for 2013-14 would have doubled... Ciao
on the 28th January, 2013 at 6:13pm
@ Viktor

You better zip it before you get what you deserve.
on the 28th January, 2013 at 6:05pm
Will there be a punishment for the amateur ref who did not show the penalty spot for Vucinic being pulled back? Or Italian funny (amateur) justice is not punishing amateur refs?

From now on refs' each mistake in favour of Juve is going to be considered as normal and correct game-play. That's it.
on the 28th January, 2013 at 5:03pm
aaah, c'mon, this is exactly what Susy wanted! The whole arguments and words flying everywhere, that's the purpose of this article. Pretty much everyone knows that it was a penalty. Granted, Juve really ought to have scored more goals so the non-call wouldn't have mattered, but saying that Genoa deserved the call (or lack of it) going in their favor is like saying a lazy man deserves to be robbed because he was lazy.
Susy just wanted to rile up the Juve fans.

Congrats Susy. You succeeded.
on the 28th January, 2013 at 4:16pm

LOLOLOL, that was some funny reading.
on the 28th January, 2013 at 4:05pm
And Conte and Bonucci got what they deserve. Well done. That will teach them to keep their mouth shut and not harass ref like they constantly do.
on the 28th January, 2013 at 4:04pm

You seem to have upset the Juve fans. Congratulations the artical was worth every word. It seems that across this planet if your club doesn't do as well as you think it should then it is of course the ref's or the linesman's fault. And some times it is but usually this is one moment in 90+ minutes of moments. And I think football clubs need to remember how many times they get a dodgy decision go for them and use the line "these things balance out over the course of the season"...
on the 28th January, 2013 at 3:18pm
Very stupid article. Don't read it.
on the 28th January, 2013 at 1:49pm
TO: Napoli Fans Club London

It's funny to hear about fair play from Napoli fans. A team which is starting dirty play when unable to do anything within the rules.

"Juventus rule at player awards"
And this is what matters.
on the 28th January, 2013 at 12:58pm
I felt it was a penalty as deliberate or not the hand ball, his hand prevented the ball from continuing on its coarse which would of been directly to Vucinic who is vissible behind him. This advantage to Genoa took away a goal scoring chance.
Penalty every day of the week in my view.
on the 28th January, 2013 at 11:22am
Susy, what have you archived so far?
Have you won serie-A?
Have you played in a football team as a captain?
Have you ever played football ?

You only have ONE BIG MOUTH !

Your article is stupid .

on the 28th January, 2013 at 10:17am
- The position of the hand does not necessarily mean that there is an infringement”
Exactly....but a defender running around in the penalty box waving and flapping his arms like he just got out for the day is not acceptable!
Professionals are coached to keep there hands close to their sides in the penalty area.
Watch real pros, Mexes or Zambrotta.
It was a penalty, the ref was instructed by his official to award it but he chose not to. Transpires that ref is a devote Napoli fan LOL
on the 28th January, 2013 at 9:17am
Buongiorno! Let me get one thing straight, those of you who haven't seen my previous articles, I am a Juve fan and I am not afraid to say that Susy, the article you wrote suggests you are against everything that is JUVE, it is clear you are jealous of the success of last and the current season!! To all Napoli fans, you are all on cloud cuckoo land if you think you have a chance of catching us, concentrate on second place. Personally, Genoa deserved a point, was it a penalty? No, it was not...
on the 28th January, 2013 at 8:20am
Juve are cry babies of Italian Football
on the 28th January, 2013 at 8:18am
Wroted stupidly. Then why it was penalty when the ball touched Isla at San Siro. The level of referees too low and this unfortunately affects popularity of Serie A
on the 28th January, 2013 at 7:21am
Fantastic article !! Bravo !!

stop complaining juve.. All arbitro since 90's are always doing a favour for juve.. they use black and white shirt under their uniforms..

now when decision are not in their way their complaining.. PATETIC !!

Hope for a better serie A league ..
on the 28th January, 2013 at 6:05am
Hello Susy,
but your contention was about reactions by Juventus regarding the referee.
Yet you drifted onto a different tangent and totally missed the following Conte quote published on this site. Proving U R ANTI JUVE!
“I did not get angry at the penalty that wasn’t given, let’s be clear. I was angry at the rest,” said Conte in his post-match Press “However, if an incident is so serious that the assistant tells you it’s a penalty, then you have to give it. How can we even discuss this.
on the 28th January, 2013 at 4:29am
Your article would be spot on if refs where exactly the same but those handballs get given sometimes whatever the directive, Bellardini was claiming a Vucinic handball. Why can't Juve complain. Didn't you notice Milan complaining last season when they had something to play for. Napoli's disgraceful behaviour during and after the Supercoppa. No wonder Marchisio hates them. Marotta's comments were tame compared to others, maybe he should do a journo's ethics course to absolve him of provacation.
on the 28th January, 2013 at 4:18am

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