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Rome Paper: Serie A 'A Rigged Championship'

  • Reuters, Monday, October 6, 2014 4:04 PM
Reuters captured the mood in Rome following Juventus’ controversial 3-2 win at home to AS Roma on Sunday, in which all three goals by the reigning champ, including two penalties for infringements on the edge of the penalty area, were the result of debatable refereeing decisions from Gianluca Rocchi.

On Monday, Rome-based sports daily Corriere dello Sport declared Serie A "A rigged championship," in its headline, while the Italian capital’s main newspaper, Il Messaggero, took direct aim at Rocchi’s performance with the headline "Rocchi 3-Roma 2."

The furor also reached Italy’s parliament, with Marco Miccoli, a deputy from Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party, saying that Rocchi's refereeing had "distorted the championship and undermined the credibility of the country" and was "absolutely unimaginable in any other part of the civilized world.” As a result, Miccoli asked bourse watchdog CONSOB to investigate whether the "incredible refereeing errors" constituted an infringement of its rules.

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