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Soccer: Catania demand rematch over ref errors in Juve game

Turin side score from offside, Sicilians have goal disallowed

Soccer: Catania demand rematch over ref errors in Juve game

Rome, October 29 - Catania Chairman Antonino Pulvirenti on Monday called for his side's 1-0 home defeat to Juventus to be replayed because the result was conditioned by mistakes by match officials. The Sicilian side had a goal wrongly disallowed in the first half while Arturo Vidal's second-half winner for the Turin visitors was awarded despite it being tainted by an offside in the move that led to it. Juve General Manager Beppe Marotta said the Serie A champions, who are three points clear at the top of the table, would have won anyway. But Pulvirenti is less certain. "Let's play the game again if they are sure they'll win," said Pulvirenti. "I ask (Juve Chairman Andrea) Agnelli to replay the match". Pulvirenti also blamed pressure from the Juve bench for the first-half goal being disallowed and said that, if Juve do not want to replay the game, they should ask to have it awarded to Catania. He added that the players on the Juve bench should receive "severe punishment". Marotta admitted on Monday that the match officials had made mistakes but said these were balanced out by decisions that have gone against Juve in previous matches and rejected suggestions the team's players had conditioned the result. The furore touches on sensitive issues as Juve were stripped of two Serie A titles and forced to spend a season in the second tier for involvement in the 2006 Calciopoli match-fixing scandal, which revolved around attempts to arrange compliant referees for some sides' matches. Other Serie A games were also affected by bad mistakes by the officials last weekend too. Fourth-placed Lazio were unlucky with decisions in their 2-0 defeat at Fiorentina. The Roman side, who had two players sent off in the closing stages, had a Stefano Mauri goal wrongly disallowed and were not given a penalty for handball. The late Antonio Di Natale spot-kick that enabled Udinese to claim a 3-2 from-behind win at AS Roma, meanwhile, was generously given after Roberto Pererya went down following the slightest of contacts.

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