Roma coach Rudi Garcia sent off for playing imaginary violin
Roma suffered their first defeat of the Serie A season after losing 3-2 to Juventus in Turin on Sunday night, with an 86th-minute volley from centre-back Leonardo Bonucci sealing the win for the Bianconeri in dramatic fashion.
However, what preceded Bonucci's stylish winner was roughly 85 minutes of relentless controversy, with not one, not two, but three contentious penalties conceded in the first half, with Francesco Totti and Carlos Tevez trading spot-kicks back and forth willy-nilly.
Roma also saw coach Rudi Garcia sent to the stands before the interval when he mimed playing a small, imaginary violin after Juve were awarded their first penalty of the evening for a dubious hand-ball -- with Garcia supposedly implying that the officials were "dancing to Juve's tune" again.
Speaking to Sky Italia after the game, an angry Totti echoed his coach's sentiments -- almost definitely talking himself into a punishment from the Italian Football Federation in the process.
"It's a huge shame after a good performance. We came to Turin to play our game, but you saw what happened and that affected the match," Totti vented.
"For years the same old incidents keep happening. I don't know if we were beaten by referees, but we certainly were not beaten by Juventus tonight. Yes, we are angry, but also aware we are a great team and must lift our heads straight away. This was a match we really cared about, but Juventus ought to have their own League, as by hook or by crook they always win.
"Are we back to the same doubts? I am not the only one saying this, as these are things everyone in Italy should discuss. With Juventus when there is any doubt whatsoever, it's always a penalty. I have to stop now, as if I keep talking then I'll get suspended."