Thursday February 16 2012
Refs need courage, warns Nedved

Juventus director Pavel Nedved has applauded the players for their efforts at Parma, but was annoyed by the performance of the referee.

The Old Lady failed to go back to the top of the table on Wednesday after being held to a 0-0 draw at the Tardini.

However, Bianconeri boss Antonio Conte made it clear after the game that he felt his side should have been awarded two penalties. Nedved shared that view.

“We can’t criticise the players as they performed with intensity, as did Parma,” the former Czech Republic international told Juventus Channel.

“It was a great game, one which was played until the very end and we saw numerous players suffering from cramp.

“Unfortunately I wasn’t in agreement with some of the refereeing decisions. Referees need to have more courage. You need personality to make the big decisions.

“However, we’ll now turn this anger into positive energy. Conte’s doing a great job and we’re all happy.”

Juventus’ previous game in Serie A against Siena ended 0-0 – a tie in which they also believed they should have been awarded a spot-kick.