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Disallowed goal infuriates Catania

Catania president Antonino Pulvirenti was angered by the officials’ performance in his team’s defeat by Juventus on Sunday.

The Serie A league leaders secured a 1-0 victory in Sicily, but the hosts looked to have taken the lead through Gonzalo Bergessio in the first half only for the goal to be disallowed for an incorrect offside decision, nearly a minute after the final touch.

“This is the third incident against us. It happened with Parma, then Inter, and now here today,” Pulvirenti told Sky Sport Italia.

“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.

“It is shameful that the players who were warming up like Simone Pepe and Emanuele Giaccherini got the goal chalked off by harassing the linesman.”

He added: “Mistakes can happen, but the real issue here is that the linesman had made a decision and changes his mind after being badgered and harassed by the Juventus bench.

“What are we supposed to do? Sit back and passively accept these things? There are seven officials and nobody seems to notice anything.”

Mon 29 October, 2012
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