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

The rules can be interpreted in many different ways. Keep in mind it was not an unexpected ball as Grandqvist slid in to clear and his arm was away from the body. Defenders need to be aware and exhibit caution when in the area. I've seen penalties awarded on many occasions for this type of infraction. Of course Juventini are crucified for protesting. If it was Milan or Inter, well, it would be just another Juve conspiracy theory
on the 27th January, 2013 at 2:46am
Rules are rules. Lets make a mock table like a certain team did a few years ago with refereeing errors taken away, and we would see that a certain black and blue team would be ahead. But we wont do that because we have dignity that money cannot buy.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 2:44am
to lardi and where were you when you got a free penalty this season and where were you when matri's goal was rule offside go get a life yourself as for peter i am sure if you have watched the last 20 minutes you have seen that juve had a siege on genoa and the only thing they could do kick the ball away and we had so many so many calls against us so no BS please and i am sure you are not a juve fan
on the 27th January, 2013 at 2:37am
i believe that the defender's act was deliberate. But it was disguised. So, he got away with it.
Also, imagine you unwittingly (with ball into your hand) put the ball in the opponent's net. Should it be allowed to stand?
on the 27th January, 2013 at 2:27am
I'm a Juve fan and I can surely say it was a clear penalty. It might have been unintentional, but it could have been a clear goal scoring opportunity.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 2:14am
Clear penalty. Also Juventus are mainly angry at the fact that the goal line official said it was a penalty and the referee rejected it. In his post match interview Conte said that he would have had no problem with the decision had the referee not seen it. His main issue is with the fact that he was told it was a penalty and chose not to give it. Moreover after the match the referee told Conte that he didn't hear the fourth official tell him it was a penalty which is a pathetic excuse
on the 27th January, 2013 at 2:01am
When every pundits think they're smart because they "read all the rule". i can imagine when this thing happen to Juve players, we can see the high resolution image and big poster "Unacceptable" "Must Given Penalty" "HUGE CONTROVERCY" "BLA BLA BLA"
on the 27th January, 2013 at 1:41am
Excellent article. Conte and the Juve fans should learn the actual rules instead of whining like spoiled brats.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 1:40am
Juve are failing upfront. Yes they should have had 1,2 or 3 penalties tonight but they should have buried Genoa regardless. Lost 3 points with Samp, 2 with Parma and 2 more tonight. Mainly due to not being able to kill off the game when in the lead against much inferior opposition.
Conte is right to be miffed with the ref but Marrotta doens't help with his snide remarks.

Juve will still win the league handsomly. Just think of next year and a Juve team with a decent striker (Llorente).
on the 27th January, 2013 at 1:40am
When every pundits think they're smart because they "read all the rule". i can imagine when this thing happen to Juve players, we can see the high resolution image and big poster "Unacceptable" "Must Given Penalty" "HUGE CONTROVERCY" "BLA BLA BLA"
on the 27th January, 2013 at 1:40am
How in the hell do you write for this magazine u should be kick off I want your job
on the 27th January, 2013 at 1:39am
I am an ashamed Juventus supporter. For a long time whining about referees' decisions was what Moratti and Branca did, not our side. And I was happier that way.

Susy is correct, incidents like this were specifically addressed over the summer and adjudged to be unintentional ball-to-hand.

Juventus stopped playing at 60 minutes, like vs Samp, and allowed Genoa back into the game. Kucka's cross came from his first attacking involvement because Juve had backed off allowing Genoa to build play.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 1:37am
I've watched this at least 20 times and I'm certain it wasn't intentional despite the arm being away from the body. I'm a Juventino and still feel it wasn't a penalty and even if it was, we didn't deserve to win because Genoa were organized and we were poor up front. Good piece as always, Susy.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 1:25am
Feel so sorry for all Juve players (except Vucinic/should have been kicked back to Roma/ZZ long time ago)and most of all feel sorry for Conte. It hurts so much when you know that you are 100% right but you are helpless. I think Juve will learn a lesson from this game and from now on will give their all to kill the game right away and not depend on referee's decisions.Forza Juve!!! You are the best!!!
on the 27th January, 2013 at 1:24am
Seriously, guys.. Where were you juve fans when Muntari's goal was disallowed? C'mon don't pretend that yer innocent.. We're dealing with the sports itself, the rule is the rule man get a life!
on the 27th January, 2013 at 1:15am
Suzy is a Milan fan writing a blog about a Juventus situation. Opinion invalid.
The word deliberate is being misinterpreted here. I Would love someone to explain simply what happens if is accidental. For example a player has his hands above his head as he is jumping, this is an unnatural movement, not deliberate. The same happened tonight with the attempted slide. Just because it came of his boot its not a penalty. That's absurd.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 1:09am
MIlan was awarded a penalty when it didn't even touch the players hand i haven't seen you coming out to explain the rules to us it is obvious. No only that the same player who handled the ball with his hands was suppose to be red carded when he pulled vucci jersey and he escaped both a penalty and yellow card get your act together
on the 27th January, 2013 at 1:05am
no it is a hand ball and every one other than you such as alessandro altobili who is known to be an anti juve agreed on aljazeer sport neetwork that it is a handball and penalty what about the other contentious incidents where both paul pogba as well as vuccinic were pulled from jerseys clear penalties. I believe juventus has an issue that they need to resolve which is being able to take their chances but to come out and defend a referee who made a huge mistake that is complete BS.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 1:03am
Send the apeal to Serie A to ban this referee to Serie B,in premiership when mistakes like this happend referee goes to Leauge one for punishment....
on the 27th January, 2013 at 1:01am
Hey Susi.

In that case. Why dont i show you 10 at the latest penalty incidents with a handball and you tell me how many of the was DELIBERAT.

I know you are a Milan fan, so your opinion for Juve means nothing to me. But i would like to hear what you have to say about the Isla handball against Milan. Was that also DELIBERAT?
on the 27th January, 2013 at 12:58am
Any professional footballer worth his/ her salt should be in the knowledge that, once they have decided to raise their arms during this challenge IN THE BOX, they will be subject to serious scrutiny.

Otherwise, this will be the excuse every time. "Oh, well I needed to raise my arms to pull off the challenge". Others prove it can be done with arms down.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 12:58am
Why you didn't post my last comment ... don't try to show Juve guilty with your totally wrong and ridiculous articles .... This evening we all saw a robbery from one napoletano ... Message For Hagenpowah: This year Milan already received the same gift from the ref. So stop talking about it and start watching some matches ... As I see you need to learn a lot ... FORZA JUVE !!!
on the 27th January, 2013 at 12:54am
Another bigoted article from you, Campanale.

I won't disagree with certain FIFA legislation, but I do disagree with the position of Granqvist's arms during the play. "His arm was raised, but only in the way it would be when sliding in to make a last-ditch interception." Whilst that is partly true, many many players have executed said interception with arms at a midriff level.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 12:53am
These past few years in Serie A have been funny for various reasons. There is one team that has the Scudetto all but in their pockets from the start. After Calcipolli it was Inter, then Milan for a year, now Juve. Right now, there isn't a single team in Italy that can mount a realistic challenge on Juve. Napoli are great on their day, just like Lazio and Inter, but they all lack consistency. Milan are rebuilding, and will do so for at least one more season. There's a lot of competition for spots
on the 27th January, 2013 at 12:51am
I ask but one question, would the ref whistle for handball if this exact incident took place anywhere outside the penalty box? This is my biggest issue with refereeing nowadays that there seems to be an amnesty for anything that happens in the box.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 12:49am
What a pathetically antagonistic "blog."
on the 27th January, 2013 at 12:48am
It's true that Guida is born in Naples region. Nobody can change that. But for the Catania-Juve referee nobody can say if this is his official facebook profile and if he is a Juve fan. Many people can hack his profile or can put his name on a picture. Everybody can create a facebook profile with whatever name he choose. Also in his facebook profile there were some other club logos. My opinion is that you are an anti-Juve supporter.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 12:45am
are you serious...... The defender raised his arms over his head to block the ball...... And you sayin its not a penalty...... Urgh..... Hate the media..... If it was the other way round..... The headline would have been 'Juve drew with controversy'... Godamn Press
on the 27th January, 2013 at 12:41am
poort article sry.

it was a penalty. juve should have get 2 clear penalty´s.

just tell me one thing.

milan - juve

isla: the ball didnt even get to his arm and milan got a penalty gifted (as usual in the last years) just because his arm was not at his torso.

just watch the both scenes and then please give me an explanation. but i know the explanation. everyone and everybody against juventus (also as usual).

it was 100% a clear penalty!!!
on the 27th January, 2013 at 12:41am
But a ball to the body with a raised arm like Isla's when Juve faced Milan was a penalty, right?
on the 27th January, 2013 at 12:40am

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