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...
juve and conte should just concentrate to beat opponents on the actual game rather than depend on penalties and in which this case was totally not relevant- it was a non penalty- even a fool knows that and conte and juve making a big deal out of it just says how foolish they look. just learn how to beat the opponent on the field of play and stop making nonsense claims about penalties, if juve ever wants to be as good as barca they should stop whining. this come from a juve fan..seriously i am bored with all the supposedly wronged by juve or juve being wronged rubbish that's being thrown out in every week. a draw is a draw and please just give credit to the opponent.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 11:36am
Is Conte going to have another baby sulk session and call a media blackout because of this decision? Pathetic coach and team.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 11:33am
All the Juve fanboys are so biased. Even insulting Susy's journalism because they are butt hurt their team did not get a penalty in the last few minutes to beat a team at the bottom of the table.

The rules are easy to misinterpret.

Here one more time. Ball hit the foot, THEN the hand, hands were in a regular motion as the player was launching fwd, ball ricocheted fast, player DID NOT purposely tried to flap the ball, hit arm on accident. You may not like it, but is a fair decision.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 11:23am
Juve can go declare weeks of mourning if they so wish but should not forget they ve won about five games this season with ref errors!! If you gain abt 15 and lose 2 what are the tears for?? And funny enuf that wasn't even close 2 a pk...grow up Cheats!
on the 27th January, 2013 at 11:05am
Vergogna. Juve are a persistent embarrassment to Italian football. The only redeeming feature of their 'history' is that they will ALWAYS be in AC Milan's massive shadow. Forza SuperPippo.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 11:05am
Abba wadda and you need a brain transplant right away make sure you get shortlisted on donor lists
on the 27th January, 2013 at 11:03am
This blog was a complete waste of time, every Series Afan here. (Except dario with childish comments) knows that was a stone wall peno! When it happens infront of your face and your linesmen are telling you its is a penalty but u don't give it because "you wasn't ready too" then that!! Is an outrage, no ones saying the penalty ment a definate win for juve as 1 should have been given to genoa and 3! To juve but I forgive them all but that last one was outrageous + shocking by the Ref #DemoteHim
on the 27th January, 2013 at 10:58am
Kudos to yo Susy ! Mr Conte needs another hair transplant before the end of the season.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 10:49am
Get real Susy,Sevie Wonder could see that it was a clear penalty.Granquists' reaction gave the game away,even he knew it was a penalty.however as a Juventino I do have to say that we are being punished for not putting opponents to the sword when we are in control of games.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 10:40am
Since when does it have to be a deliberate hand ball, if a shot is taken and a defender has his arms out and the ball hits them its ALWAYS a penalty! If the player had to decide "ok I'm going to deliberately handle this ball" we would see probably 90% less penaltys given. I watched the match with Man Utd and Arsenal fans last night and they couldn't believe the incompetence of the reff. It's a shame for every side in the league as he could do it to another team next week.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 10:37am
"I am always surprised at how little football fans seem to know about the rules of this sport."

And I'm not surprised that you do NOT know anything about this sport.

What a disgrace of a writer you are !
on the 27th January, 2013 at 10:31am
"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.” That is the crux of the matter and whether you are a Juve apologist or not that statement by Catonica is awesomely stupid. And if you can't tell bias from good journalism than you are obviously a Juve apologist.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 10:29am
I think some of you guys forget that Susy wrote a personal blog! It was her own view. Each and everyone of us are entitled to one. It is well written, I personally do not agree with her on the whole issue of the rules giving amnesty to a defender when he is waving his arms about like a lunatic in the penalty box but there you go. In my opinion Marotta should be given a fine for his outburst, not the ref, he just messed up- we all do from time to time. Forza Juve!
on the 27th January, 2013 at 10:16am
Susy go to the kitchen and become a hausefrau.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 10:12am
For all the clueless kids who are keep mentioning il gol di muntari, you got what you want in the extra official, now see that it wont help anyone, neither Juve nor the rest, so keep the ladri chanting for your clueless selves.

To the blog, to start, I say we dont need pens, refs can keep them for other teams just like last season, when il gol di muntari (1 goal) beats series of non existant pens, keep it so you can help the team from your city or province.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 10:03am
To be fair, I think Conte was more furious about the shirt tug on Vucinic than the " handball". But this is what happens when your reputation of being a sulk goes against you, no one likes you Vucinic!! Juve should be more concerened with why they couldn't put the game to bed earlier. The scenes after the match made me sad to be a Juventus supporter.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 9:49am
to me it seemed obvious that that rubbish ref wasnt going to give as any calls
on the 27th January, 2013 at 9:46am
WC'98: Italy vs Chile
on the 27th January, 2013 at 9:43am
if there was a clear penalty to genoa it should have been given as well but give us our three other penalties still we are winning so stop whining like the rest of milan and inter fans. Justice should be served always a penalty is a penalty
on the 27th January, 2013 at 9:42am
CONTE: If Leonardo Bonucci had a situation like this, tomorrow you’d have splashed the headline ‘Clear penalty denied to Genoa.

on the 27th January, 2013 at 9:31am
talking about the term "deliberate", why didn't the Genoa player "deliberately" put his hands at the back of his body like Gianluca Zambrotta usualy did?? Maybe the Genoa player "deliberately" didn't put his hand on a better place to avoid the contact with the ball??

Handling the ball "involves", means there're more condition which can be categorized as a hand ball situation isn't it? Are you sure last night incident can be excluded from the other involvements?
on the 27th January, 2013 at 9:30am
Yeah, it was a goal from Muntari against Juve last season. Anyone who does not admit that was a goal must question the health of their eyes. But, in the end, Juve won the Scudetto with a gap of 4 points to Milan's. Still, with 2 points writen off of Juve's and be given to Milan (CONSIDERING Milan won the match), there's remain a 2 point gap. Moreover, had the goal was given by the ref at that time, do you really think the scoreline would stay 2-0 or more for Milan until the final whistle??
on the 27th January, 2013 at 9:23am
Seriously, guys.. Where were you juve fans when Muntari's goal was disallowed?"

Hey, Ladri, there was a Matri goal also disallowed. Remeber it? Or it's not needed to remember that? For Muntari's goal you received a wrong penalty for Isla's back. That's closed, forget it already.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 9:22am
You remember the rules when it's needed for you to justify ref's stupid decisions. Where were you when penalty was awarded to Milan for the ball touching Isla's back??? Where were you when at the World Cup'98 Italy made 2:2 with Chile, thanks to the penalty awarded for "handball" of Chilean player, when Baggio simply kicked the ball towards the hand of the defender??? When the ball changes its trajectory after touching the hand, it's a penalty and it's a rule everywhere but seems not in Italy.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 9:19am
Many people here seem to be forgetting there was an actual handball incident in the first half. As by the rules, Vucinic clearly moves his hand towards the ball creating intention and so delibretely handles the ball and no one can argue this. It would be interesting to see what the reaction would have been if this occurred in the 93rd minute and not the Granqvist incident. What Susy said is pretty clear, the rules are there for everyone to see and most fans would agree after reading, no penalty.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 9:14am
This is what happens when a Milan fan writes an article about Juve.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 8:57am
okay! it's not penalty susy.. Let's forget about it, forget about football, let's all play BASKELTBALL!! #sick #pathetic
on the 27th January, 2013 at 8:52am
Susy, Susy, Susy... How can someone defend the refs decision?

I think it's a big problem and not at least very pathetic the way you misinterpret the rules in your favour. You interpret them so that these rules defends clumsiness, Susy, which they do not.
Had this been outside the box - no doubt that the ref had blowed his whistle.

Definately a penalty. Pathetic journalism.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 8:51am
Fortunately I missed this match last night. However, after reading this strongly written blog I said to myself, oh, Susy must be right, she is so definite. Then I watched it on YouTube. I can honestly say that it was a stone wall penalty! The defender was a stupid idiot. I do agree with the view that Juve's management handled it very poorly and for that I am embarrassed. It was like watching Inter, AC or Palermo out there. Marotta needs to seriously grow up and act like a general manager!
on the 27th January, 2013 at 8:51am
to daniel i am sure you are not juve fan because juve kept pushing all the way until the last minut. I don't agree with what marotta said that is idiocy from his part but for the ref to say am not prepared to give penalties when the rule states a penalty should be given in certain situation and of course that will be over looked by the federation. i cant imagine what would have happened if the situation was reversed and juve benefited from those calls. Juve should have won end of story.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 8:22am

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