Roma’s 1-0 win over Juventus on Saturday evening did not just witness a cracking Francesco Totti strike to seal victory for the home side but also some late controversy as The Old Lady let slip their grasp on this season’s Scudetto.
With seconds to go, Juventus won a corner as they attempted to rescue a draw from the Stadio Olimpico.
Veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon ran up to join the attack…
Only for referee Gianluca Rocchi to blow for full time and end the game without Juventus having a late chance from the corner.
Buffon’s face, after he argued with Rocchi, on the video below, is priceless. It emerged afterwards that Rocchi told the Juve players they only had five seconds to take the corner and should not wait for the Italian custodian.
This is exactly what happened in the Bernabeu on Wednesday night with the Manchester United players left fuming that referee Felix Brych blew for full time just as they were taking a corner.
And yet, on Thursday night in the Europa League, Atletico Madrid were allowed to take a late corner kick that eventually saw them concede a 95th minute goal to Rubin Kazan.
According to the rules, a referee can blow for full time whenever he wants, unless there is a penalty to be taken.
Yet, this does beg the question why football does not employ real time on the clock to ensure clarity on all sides.