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Oct 28, 2012

Catania chief bemoans Juve goal protests

Catania president Antonino Pulvirenti believes vehement protests from the Juventus bench persuaded referee Andrea Gervasoni to disallow a legitimate goal for his side during their 1-0 defeat to the Serie A leaders.

• Blog: Controversy follows Juve
• Match Highlights (UK & Ire only)

Gonzalo Bergessio's effort for Catania was initially awarded but was then disallowed incorrectly almost a minute later – a decision that left Catania with a home defeat and their president outraged.

Pulvirenti told Sky Sport Italia: "This is the third incident against us. It happened with Parma, then Inter and now you all saw what happened today. What are we supposed to do? Sit back and passively accept these things? There are seven officials and nobody seems to notice anything.

"The linesman had given Bergessio's goal, then disallowed it after the protests from the Juventus bench. This is more than mere psychological sublimation to bigger clubs, it is something more.

"The Juventus bench disallowed the goal with their protests. It is shameful that players who were warming up like Simone Pepe and Emanuele Giaccherini got the goal chalked off by harassing the linesman. Someone explain this to me.

"Mistakes can happen, but the real issue here is that the linesman had made a decision and changed his mind after being badgered and harassed by the Juventus bench."

Those views were not shared by Juventus director general Beppe Marotta who disputed Pulvirenti's version of events, saying: "The Catania goal was legitimate but would not have been decisive in this match. Nobody can say Juventus would not have overturned the result, especially considering we dominated the whole game.

"I saw the footage again and there was a consultation between the referee, linesman and the goal-line official. It therefore seems illogical to insinuate that our players have such power to force officials into changing their minds."

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