The penalty awarded to Juventus in the clash with Milan has been a hot topic in recent days. While many believe that Davide Calabria shouldn’t have been penalized for the handball, the referees have other ideas.
As stated by today’s edition of Gazzetta Dello Sport (via Milanlive.it), the AIA – Italia Referees Association – have deemed the decision of Paolo Valeri as correct. In fact, there is an important difference to the Alberto Cerri incident in Cagliari vs. Brescia.
In that game, a penalty was given against Cerri in a similar situation, which later was deemed incorrect by the AIA. However, per the newspaper, the big difference is the dynamic concerning Cerri and the Rossoneri defender.
The attitude and posture of Calabria who, by jumping, widened his arms and legs to block the shot, thus increasing the range of his body. Cerri, on the other hand, jumped to reach the ball but then missed it, before the rebound hit his arm.
As Pioli pointed out, the penalty yesterday was very similar to one that was given against Cerri. That decision was later deemed incorrect, but yet Calabria was punished.
– Both had their back towards the ball
– Both jumped
– Both had their arm in a natural position pic.twitter.com/6FNf2GVXgF
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