Roma vs Inter by JerryDrake

Matchday nr. 26 in Serie A, Juventus keep leading the "classifica" with 9 points advantage over 2nd placed Roma, Inter are now 5th: Juventus 66, Roma 57, Napoli 51, Fiorentina 45, Internazionale 40, Verona 39, Parma 37, Torino 36, Milan and Lazio 35, Genoa 32, Udinese, Sampdoria and Atalanta 28, Cagliari 25, Chievo ad Bologna 21, Livorno 20, Catania 19 and Sassuolo 17.


Roma have played 24 games, one less than Juventus, and we can theoretically consider their distance from Juventus as a 6 points distance instead of 9. The Giallorossi are fully concentrated in the Serie A as they were eliminated by Napoli in the Italian Cup and they dont play in Europe. For this match three big sectors of the stadium (Curva Sud, Curva Nord and Distinti Sud) will be closed and the Roma fans will not be allowed to have access in these sectors.


These last days have seen a high volume of critics and complaints by Roma towards the Italian referees and Italian football federation as teams which face Juventus never (or almost never) get a penalty for fouls they receive in the Juventus penalty area. The last case was Torino when they met Juventus in the derby. I dont have statistics on this subject, as it is also difficult to decide which foul is a penalty foul and which is not, but from my personal point of view, even if I am a Juventus fan but still an objective football observer, I see it as a truth. In most cases, when a foul is doubt, the referees prefer not to award a penalty against Juventus.


This is what we call in Italy “sudditanza psicologica”, a kind of tributarism of the referees in Italy not towards Juventus specifically (in this case yes), but towards the clubs which has more power, more generally. It has nothing to do with Calciopoli or with a possible corruption from the Juventus side in my opinion. This is an aspect of Italian society that is not to find only in football but in every field, from politics to the small jobs in the post office. Even there, if you want to get a job, you must know the director of the post office, who mostly feels to be like the Secretary General of the United Nations.


If you are a referee and you want to keep doing your job, and get your good extra money each year, you must try not to take risky decisions against a powerful club.


It happens also to take not popular decisions in order to make it difficult for a team to reach a target (and automatically help another team). If it were not like this, I would not find explanations why Fiorentina in the last two seasons play normal games for 70-75% of the league, and they suffer bad decisions in the last 25-30% of the games.


In a preview I warned that a referee was the same one who last year caused “millions of damages” as stated by Della Valle. See my comment in “Cagliari - Fiorentina” about referee Mazzoleni, I wrote it before the game started. He made no big mistakes against Fiorentina, but he allowed Cagliari to interrupt the game continuously when they were leading, what it could be a subtle way to put obstacles.


In Parma you all saw what happened with Borja Valero. Referee Gervasoni gave a red card to Diakité, awarded a penalty to Parma, gave another red card to Borja Valero and to another Parma player. Borja Valero has got a 4 rounds suspension, and he is one of the fairest players I saw playing in Serie A.


The worst thing was his attitude to Fiorentina players, who are famous for their fair play. Gomez received a foul, he was lying on the grass, the referee told him: “Stand up, German!”. I have read a comment somewhere in a forum where an Italian fan wrote: “When Borja Valero came close to him and touched his jersey, Gervasoni looked at his jersey as the hand of Borja Valero would have let a mark on it through his fingers. He must feel being like a new Pharaoh, you talk to him and get punished for this”.


So, back to our match, but the subject is again the refereepin
Pick Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Over 2.5 goals Bet365 1.93 8 0-0 LOST (-8 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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Comments (3)
perfect bravo
03/01/2014 - 19:38
where is guarin?
03/01/2014 - 19:58
True, where is Guarin? I checked now in an Italian website: he has been called up and will probably sign soon a new contract with Inter.
03/01/2014 - 20:06
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