Wednesday April 9 2014
Falcao: No Destro comparisons

Paulo Roberto Falcao says Roma’s complaints over the reasons behind Mattia Destro’s suspension do not compare to the 1981 incident with Maurizio Turone.

Destro has been handed a three-game ban for an off-the-ball clash with Cagliari’s Davide Astori, with the use of video evidence, much to the Giallorossi’s complaints.

Whilst the young striker was in strong form, the Lupi’s former Brazilian star has rejected the suggestion that reasons behind banning him for this crucial period of the season can compare to a previous controversy when Roma were once more up against Juve in the title race. 

During the 1980-81 season, Falcao’s teammate Maurizio Turone incorrectly saw a goal ruled out for an offside call. With the match ending 0-0 and two games of the season left, the Bianconeri maintained a one-point lead over second place Roma to win the League that year.

“The rivalry between Roma and Juventus was born in the 1980s, when I was playing for Roma,” Falcao has reflected to ANSA.

“What triggered it was the goal unjustly ruled out for Turone.

“But, you cannot compare Destro’s suspension to that, they are in two completely different contexts.

“The championship is pretty much decided, but Roma has a duty to continue to believe in it, because they are a very strong team.

“Juventus are a club with a great tradition, just like Roma.”

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