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...
Same old BS! When it happen to Juve than Juve is ridiculous. But when it happen to Juve's opponent than Juve buy the refs. BS!
on the 27th January, 2013 at 8:19am
after what Marchisio said about Napoli I'm glad the penalty wasn't given....even if it wasn't one according to the rules.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 8:08am
A good decision by the ref. Anyone who saw the game could tell it was completely involuntarily. Juve can complain about the game against Milan because it was the same incident with Isla. However when Inter played Napoli the same situation occurred near the end of the game but no penalty was given as it was ball to hand, so stop whining Juve fans as you are a proven corrupt team with a corrupt coach and stop blaming the ref because he was from Napoli.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 8:07am
I remember a similar pen was given against Udinese, Guidolin was furious and explained it exactly as Susy did. He said "the rules are clear, ricochets off a part of the body and on to the hand is not a penalty". I don't get what y'all hyped about. jeez
on the 27th January, 2013 at 7:21am
something not normal really i don't know what's happen about juve must buy new forwards really i come full from all forwards

any how have g. luck in next matchs
on the 27th January, 2013 at 7:13am
sussy you should go back to kitchen start cooking some spaghethis for moratti and co. u did ur best but ur anti juve face had to come off at some point. i have been playing football for at least 15 years, if that incident wasnt a clear penalty kick +yellow card then you guys in italy are in some really deep s..t, no wonder ur league is in decline anymore.
and im not talking about two other incidents that to me at any other even south east asian league match would have been a clear penalty.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 7:02am
It was an obvious penalty.

Please, Susie, you are an absolute joke as a football journalist. Please stop disgracing Serie A football by writing about it.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 6:58am
AAA brings up an excellent point! Where was your article with the interpretation of the rules after the Milan Juve game and the phantom handball?

Disgusting journalism. You should be ashamed!
on the 27th January, 2013 at 6:35am
Everyone knows you are a Milan fan so please don't ever write an article about Juve ever again! Unbelievable bias! I shudder at the thought had Juve been winning at the same thing happened at the opposite side with Bonucci. People would have gone mental!

I will definetly be boycotting all your articles Susy cos you have shown your true colors as a fan not as a journalist.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 6:32am
Campanale go sit on a campanile.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 5:53am
So biased against Juve.Makes me wonder how happy she felt when genoa equalized
on the 27th January, 2013 at 5:42am
Hi Susy

The incident you are reffering too might might be a 50 - 50, but Juve were denied 2 other crystal clear penalties (the Vucinic shirt tug and the other one on Pogba). Furthermore when Giovinco struck the post why was the whistle blown????????

We are not whining, but other fans and teams need to lay back the pressure they put on refrees is enormous and thus causing them to be frightened in making the right call during Juve's games.

Let's all agree that there is no pro-Juve refreeing.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 5:37am
You Rube fans and its cheating team are the most ignorant idiots on the planet.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 5:23am
Funny how the biggest cheats in serie a can do nothing but whine about referees and cry about wanting penalties. That's the only time you hear from Conte is when its time to cry that your team didnt win because the ref wouldn't gift you penalties. Conte has been complaining since taking over and it's shameful and disgusting from a fan of calcio. He want's this poor ref fired for the game...It's just shameful.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 5:20am
Susy,we do not need you to explain the rules of FIFA. Juve's reaction is an accumulation of anger for 3 potential penalties ungiven! Pogba shirt was pulled too!You and your milan city still moan about similar situations!Inter still cry about Ronaldo penalty in 1997, Milan wept endlessly for Montari goal.
Fifa rules also take into consideration that "the hand" stopped a ball which was directed to Vucinic hence deprived a clear chance to score!
on the 27th January, 2013 at 5:11am
If this situation happened outside of the box, a free kick would have been given 9 times out of 10. The issue is that Juve should have had the game wrapped up way before then...(juventus fan myself)
on the 27th January, 2013 at 5:07am
Juve and the fans who complained about this should be embarrassed. i have seen over 40 serie A games this year and there have been so many more blatantly bad referee calls made, some of which teams don't even say much about. what it shows to me is a team who look for any excuse possible to justify their not being able to win a game. and even if the play should have been a penalty, Marotta's comments have to be some of the most offensive i have heard in years. just a stupid shame.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 4:59am
Come on Susy. You wrote a wonderful article and ended it so bad. You know less than what Conte does with what the ref said. I think the ref did say it in a way that he didnt want to award Juve a PK. The guy is from Naples for crying out loud. Napoli fans have this belief that there isnt a team that cheats more in world football than Juventus.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 4:46am
i still remember the milanista reaction to collina decision against cannavaro handball when we won 1-0 at sansiro & the scudetto after that ... hypocrisy at its finest LOL
on the 27th January, 2013 at 4:22am
It's a clear penalty. There is no point to argue.

The defender was well aware of the threat of Vucinic and hence raised his hand. I don't think it's so much different from Maradona's famous "Hand of God". The only difference is this guy has tried to cheat the referee by a sliding fall.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 4:12am
Ms Campanale this article is ridiculous. had that gone in Juve's favor I can't imagine the bashing from every media outlet and fans they would be getting right now. I don't care if you support Milan Inter Napoli Barca Real United Bayern etc if that incident happened against them they all would be shouting for the penalty because that is what it was. Also if a referee from Turin had screwed one of Juve's rivals everyone would be making up conspiracies.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 3:53am

Muntari's phamtom goal? Still talk about that? What about Isla incident non handball penalty. Where were you when that happened?
on the 27th January, 2013 at 3:47am
What a load of crap as usual. If these were for Juve, you would put the word "scandal" everywhere.

on the 27th January, 2013 at 3:43am
OH SHUT UP Susy! That was penalty! it was clear as daylight. Had his hand not touch the ball it would have ended up with Vucinic. The sideline ref said it was a penalty, if that was in Juve's favor the whole of Italy not Juventus fans would have cried for scandal and call us cheats. I can also guarantee that would have been a penalty if it was in the San Siro against either A.C. or Inter. Juve was denied atleast 2 pk today and the one on Vucinic was exactly like the one Milito got against us.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 3:41am
Celtic is going to be very tough despite the scottish league been a joke. The teams they play everyweek are rubbish. Juve need a result at celtic park, they need to try and silence the crowd early as crowd is celtic s 12 man. Juve have shown when it matters they can raise their game in europe so maybe im been to harsh. Time will tell.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 3:29am
Juve are toothless in attack. I cant believe even short term went for anelka. Blame the referee juve but you only have yourselves to blame, like with sampdoria they go to sleep and let opposition back in. It could have been juve s year but marotta will cost juve a possible treble due to not getting a top striker now.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 3:23am
So far this year juve far from their best. Missing chiellini, asamoah and pirlo in last 2 matchs etc. Well done on getting llorente in summer but they need him now. Lopez or drogba needed now, analka not the answer, not good enough. No european cup this year juve as no cutting edge up front.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 3:15am
This is considered a penalty shot. If it was Milan, Inter, Napoli and especially Lazio with the way they are getting saved in each game by the refs to make this scudetto battle the little more competitive, the pk would have been given. 2 points lost, but this will just cause the rest of Italy trouble, Juve will thus come out and absolutely dominate their opponents, contests wont even be close, and we start by eliminating Lazio on tuesday from coppa italia.
FORZA JUVE!!!!!!!!!!!!
on the 27th January, 2013 at 3:03am
Hey Susy, how about Isla's handling offense that awarded your MIlan 3 points? Is the back of a defender's rib cage considered his hand? No, it isn't. Don't point your finger of shame until you admit the referee has once again failed at his job.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 3:03am
There were 3 clear penalties that should have been called. This was NOT a deflection on to the defenders hand, it was a defender punching the ball out. Where is the moral outrage, Italy? Is that only reserved for Muntari's goal and Catania's disallowed goal? When Juve get screwed you bury your heads in the polenta like nothing happened. Shame on you cowards. Juve had 2 points stolen. Period. The end.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 2:55am

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