How were Juventus not awarded a penalty at Palermo?

“I don’t want to make excuses. Mine is a criticism towards the refereeing class in Italy. I wouldn’t like to think that judgements made about Juventus regarding Calciopoli in away influence the refereeing. The so-called psychological subjection [suffered by referees] towards Juventus has now become arrogance. There have been sensational episodes which have damaged us recently. I can’t understand why there is this attitude towards us.” – Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta.

On the evidence of a crazy incident in Juventus’ 2-1 defeat at Palermo last night it is difficult to disagree with Marotta.

The key moment in question came just after the half hour, with Juventus already 2-0 down and heading for their third successive defeat in less than a week.

A cross from the right was whipped into the Palermo area and after a misdirected header from Giorgio Chiellini, Cesare Bovo clearly (and this was obvious to everyone in the stadium) handled the ball.

Referee Emidio Morganti strangely points for a throw-in even before the ball has gone out of play and was immediately surrounded by irate Juventus players with Claudio Marchisio receiving a booking.

Morganti’s shocking decision not to award a penalty for Cesare Bovo’s handball is on this video.

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This is probably the most obvious handball that we have flagged up since Rory Coleman’s crazy goal line save for Boston against Gloucester in the FA Trophy in January.

Related link: Highlights of Palermo 2 – Juventus 1.

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