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...
Hater keep hating

When juve supposed to get clear penalty (around 2) the whole Italy media come out attacking juve.

When Milan got Isla NON handball penalty they shut the mouth not even a blog about it !!!

To Milan fans, if Muntari's ghost goal not disallowed you wouldn't lost to inter ! you wouldn't lost to fio also and yeah you wouldn't win the scudetto last year too LOLLLLLL
on the 28th January, 2013 at 4:14am
The opposition fields two keepers but Juve apparently receive favouritism from officials.
on the 28th January, 2013 at 3:48am
do not listen to them dear Susy. you are article is spot on!
Majority of juve fans are ignorants and know nothing about football, support and FairPlay. their history said it all.
on the 28th January, 2013 at 12:44am

"Rules are rules."

So is that mean your INcheaTER MILAN team should go to lega pro for Violating Fraud ????

The ball didn't hit defender boot if it does it would go different way, the ball were bouncing back up and hit his hand, had this one happened with Italy during a world club 2016 what are you non Juve fans gonna say?
on the 28th January, 2013 at 12:33am
I couldn't remember when Susy made a blog about Handling AC Milan Vs Juventus when Milan get NON handsball penalty.

And where were all Milans fans that time? all of sudden now coming out LOL
on the 28th January, 2013 at 12:24am
You know nothing about soccer. Who ever you are. No pun intended.

Facts are facts and the only reason the title race is close are the amazing referees we have in Seria A and abroad.

Like a celebrity , all the popular teams of the world always have the microscope on them. Popular everywhere
I am very very surprised these refs have there jobs and teeth in place. They are ruining the fun of watching the games and the injustice occurring in most games is becoming normal in all leagues.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 11:25pm
You know nothing about soccer! Maybe its time you discuss other topics.
Refs are ruining games and its time they realise that. Time for new Ref's. As for Juventus are concerned, facts are facts and the title race is only getting closer thanks to these amazing seria A referees.

I'm surprised they still have a job and teeth.

All the great teams of the world will always have a microscope on them. Comes with the popularity just like a celebrity.

Forza Juve
on the 27th January, 2013 at 11:00pm
All these comments from juve fans make me laugh. I've been watching seriaA for 30 years most of these comments come from front runners where were u whaen juve were seriaB? Nowhere the prob wit ur organization is you guys care more bout winning League titles then European glory to have 30 titles and only 2 CL trophies is completely a joke!! Oh I forgot u can't buy European titles!! So before u run ur mouths know the facts! 
on the 27th January, 2013 at 10:32pm
I'm always surprised how bloggers know so very little about the rules of the game.
I refer you to a rule set out by FIFA:
The Referee:
Acts on the advice of the assistant referees regarding incidents that he has not seen.

Understood Susy? ACTS on the advice. If he did a penalty would've been awarded because the official behind the net said it was a penalty.

I get the interpretations of the rules but next time do yourself a favour and make a better argument. People siding with you have.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 10:30pm
If you, Susy, or anyone else here and everywhere watch again what happened when Conte approached the ref, you'd understand what Conte was protesting against. He pulled his coat-back, mentioning the ephisode when Vucinic was pulled back. Penalty #1.
Handball is the penalty #2, no matter you accept this or not.

"Ref was not sure" - amateurs usually are not sure. Professionals are always sure and insist on their decision even when they commit an obvious mistake. Take care of Italian amateur refs.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 10:29pm
Amazing how all these idiotas complaint about the article and Susy, saying get a life etc....but you all are the same idiots that keep reading and commenting in ALL the blogs
on the 27th January, 2013 at 9:43pm
So many comments & the usual suspects are missing, mmm...

Anyway @ terryl, do you honestly think Barcelona is that perfect ? I'd rather see Juve officials & fans moan about poor referring then to see players dive & fake injuries to gain points...

Oh but this isn't complete without Juve haters, calling Juve fans cowards yet posting from an anonymous name, hypocrisy at its best. As for the Muntari phantom goal, that topic is so stale that its rotting now but maggots will keep bringing thay up...
on the 27th January, 2013 at 8:04pm
This article goes under Anti-Juve propaganda. Can't stop the CHAMP! Juve will be crowned again and again....You Milan and inter fans are just angry because your miserable teams can't do anything about that. At the end of the season it will be YOU that will cry and keep it miserable. FINO ALLA FINE F O R Z A J U V E !
on the 27th January, 2013 at 7:39pm
I don't get it ! Why ? Could it be more obvious , Susy Campanale is Anti-Juve ?!! When would any article be on Juve side ?

You think you know the game better than Antonio CONTE - Legend in the sport , successful as player and coach !?!
hat was clear penalty and if it was the way You stated here , no one should have gone protesting so furiously. How about the fact that that Napoli-fan ref said "he doesn't feel...FEEL it is not a penalty ? There are rules there NOT feelings.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 7:34pm
@anonymous if you agree that Matri's disallowed was a gift to Milan too we will admit that what do called ghost goal was a gift for us I think Milan fan should just shut up
on the 27th January, 2013 at 7:29pm
Terrible article.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 7:25pm
on the 27th January, 2013 at 7:05pm
Susy is 100% correct! There is no discussion here. Haters stop attacking Susy personally. The interpretation of rule is correct. Clear.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 7:02pm
Some Juve fans calling the Milan penatly a "gift" lol.. Fair enough.. Can we all admit that Muntari's non call last year was a pretty nice gift too?? All Juve players, coaches, management and fans do in cry. You're team receives way more favourable calls than any other team in Serie A. Only Juve supporters will deny that. There are supporters of 19 other Italian clubs who will back that claim. That should tell you something. But as usual with Juve fans, denial is a very powerful thing.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 6:43pm
Stupid article.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 6:37pm
What are you teaching the fans the rules?

Go teach it to the refs first, but, oh wait, the ref knows the rules, and the linesman said it was a penalty.

But of course you forgot about that to make your article a bit more interesting.

& get a life Susy. Would you have written the same article if this whole thing didn't happen in a Juve game? I'm sure you wouldn't.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 6:16pm
Ssooo funny. Conte said a couple of weeks back that people shouldnt complain about refs (after the 8+ wrong calls in juves favour of course) and see what he is truly made off: same as last season when he was complaining left and right but once the Muttari incident happened he kept saying people should not always blame refs.

what a hypocritical and horrible human being that Conte is. A good coach but an arrogant hypocritical child as well, shocking...
on the 27th January, 2013 at 5:46pm
This article seems rather lobsided. I think a lot more than that sole penalty call went against juventus. Also, I dont think its necessarily obsessive to discus bad calls the day after the game. I still hear talk of the "ghost goal" and that was almost a year ago, and it even merited a moniker. I dont understand why different clubs are held to different standards.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 5:39pm
I love my Juve, but it is simple, if we do not score goals, we should not complain later. Juve is demostrating a really bad capacity of winning tough/close games. I applaud Genoa on this one. They deserved the 1 point.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 5:20pm
"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."

Why are you personallising this Susy - you really are a poisonous and spiteful character aren't you?

Personally I think it would have been a harsh penalty, and given how they held out at the end I think Genoa deserved the point. Some of us have objectivity, unlike some Milan fans initialed "SC" I could mention...
on the 27th January, 2013 at 5:03pm
Stupid article..Just show how Idoit you are...Susy
on the 27th January, 2013 at 4:52pm
Juve is the team which hardly get penalty..
on the 27th January, 2013 at 4:50pm
At the end of the day.. Juve hadn't done enough obviously to win the game especially with Genoa down ten men on top of it.. When there is no pirlo we don't know what the heck the do.. I'm a bit disgusted at how Juve are acting about this certain penalty considering last year when the ghost goal happened against Milan , we were saying let's move on with it :s
on the 27th January, 2013 at 4:46pm
Let me point you to this picture, dear Susy, which shows you know nothing about football, but only want to bash Juve.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 4:43pm
Juve cry babies!lol. Y ddnt juve score a normal goal if it was an obvios p.k there won't a split opinion. That was a 50-50 and leaves d decision @ d refs discretion. Also they av bn given goals that ar obviois offsides dz season. Remember d ghost goal from last season? Yes, that goal decided d league! Cry me a river babies.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 4:40pm

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