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Conte blasts referee after draw

Juventus coach Antonio Conte launched a tirade at referee Marco Guida after his team’s controversial 1-1 draw against Genoa on Saturday.

Marco Borriello cancelled out Fabio Quagliarella’s opener to ensure the spoils were shared in Turin, but what defined the match proved to be the decision not to award the home side a penalty.

“The referee should take some responsibility. Even a blind man would have seen that (handball by Andreas Granqvist in the box),” a furious Conte told reporters after the match.

“In these cases, you’ve got to hand back your refereeing licence. I cannot tolerate what happened. Even the goal-line referee said it was a penalty. I think in these cases, saying ‘shame on you’ is the very least one can do.

“I can accept it if they claim not to have seen the incident, but hearing a referee say they didn’t feel like giving the penalty is not normal. This is not football.

“For a long time, we’ve been well-mannered and valued fair play, but now I have seen too many incidents go against us. Parma once said that everyone was entitled to complain except Juventus. Now the incidents are there for all to see.

“Now I’d rather not hear the media breaking our balls over pro-Juve and anti-Juve errors, because errors are everywhere for and against everyone.”

Despite the setback, Juve are still on course to retain their Scudetto, after second-placed Lazio capitulated in a shock home defeat to Chievo.

Sun 27 January, 2013
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