Thursday February 16 2012
Pirlo demands Juve equality

Juventus ace Andrea Pirlo was amazed that he wasn’t awarded a penalty in last night’s 0-0 draw at Parma.

The Italian international fell in the box after a challenge from Fabiano Santacroce, but the referee waved play on – just as he did earlier in the game when Emanuele Giaccherini asked for a spot-kick.

“I shielded the ball and I felt a knee in my back,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “I thought it was a clear penalty, but it wasn’t given.

“We’re not playing the victims and we don’t want presents from anyone,” added the 32-year-old.

“Equality, however, is what we’re after and we ask that when it’s a penalty then it’s awarded – even if it is in the last minute.”

Juventus have now drawn their last two Serie A games 0-0 – results which have allowed Milan to go back to the top of the table.

“The problem is that we create many opportunities and we don’t score,” continued the summer signing from San Siro.

“We dominated the game against Parma, but goalkeeper Nicola Pavarini did well to keep us at bay. We’ll look to improve further, to get back to winning ways instantly.”

The Old Lady face Catania at home this weekend. They haven’t beaten them at home in Serie A since 1984.

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