|Football Bettor's Survey|
Milan, Feb 24 – Juventus have submitted a written complaint to the Italian football federation and referees' association, demanding that some action be initiated to improve the performance of referees after controversial decisions.
Juve, third in the Serie A, lost 2-1 at Reggina on Saturday after conceding a dubious penalty in stoppage time. Claudio Ranieri's team were particularly sore after having three strong penalty appeals of their own turned down in the same match.
'Juventus again asks the federation to take immediate action to clean p a seriously compromised situation. We need to rediscover the faith in referees and reinvigorate Italian football,' said the letter which was published on Juve's website on Sunday.
Juve is back in the Serie A after spending the previous season in Serie B, having been found guilty of procuring favourable referees in a match-fixing scandal.
'In the course of this season and last, Juventus have always tried to defuse tention with referees..accepting decisions with fair play, even controversial ones,' it added.
'In the light of what happened at Reggio Calabria however, it is an attitude we must reconsider. Again in the course of this season Juventus have been damaged in an irreversible way by a decision of the referee.'
AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani has suggested foreign referees be brought into Serie A to combat potential match-fixing while others say technology must be used to help officials.
Note: The Silver Circle did notice unusual betting patterns for the Juventus game on Saturday and refrained from releasing it as a pick even though the fundamentals pointed to a Juve win. We are not saying that the referee for the match was definitely bought by the Italian mafia or somebody else, to influence the match in Reggina's favour. However, we do recognize that such things do occur, even in the top echelons of football and recognizing it when it does happen is part of the job we do for our members.
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