Juventus accused of intimidating the referee with a “verbal assault” -Juvefc.com


Udinese manager Pierpaolo Marino has said Fabio Paratici is trying to intimidate the referee after being caught yelling at him at half-time in their Serie A match yesterday.

The Bianconeri came from a goal to beat the Friulani 2-1 after a late show from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Juve entered the break with a goal after a very slow start to the game.

The referee seems to have whistled at half-time without adding any stoppage.

Paratici was waiting for him in the tunnel and was reportedly seen shouting at the referee.

Juve came back better and eventually scored a goal thanks to the penalty spot after Rodrigo De Paul was deemed to have manipulated in the box.

Ronaldo scored a late winner for his second of the game to give Juve the three points.

Marino was not impressed and claims the referee was influenced by Paratici.

“I’m angry because my team put in a great performance and I’m here to protect their hard work,” Marino told Sky Sport Italia via Football Italia.

“Ronaldo’s free kick that led to the penalty should have been a free kick in favor of Udinese instead. I’m a football veteran so I’ve seen those who hang on before complaining about the lack of first-half saves to intimidate the referee.

“Then after that, the referee can give a penalty for a non-existent free kick. It is Juan Cuadrado who commits a fault on Jens Stryger-Larsen, and not the other way around.

“It was a glaring mistake and cannot be ignored. I think the referee was influenced by this verbal aggression against Chiffi at half-time by Juve’s managers, staff, coaches and players.

“The way they behaved, it was like they lost because there wasn’t a 40 second downtime. This sort of thing belongs to football from another era. I spoke out against it at the time and I will speak out against it now.

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