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Juventus president Cobolli Gigli wants foreign refs

Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli wants foreign refs introduced after Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Reggina.

Juve were furious after two penalty calls were turned down at the end of the game and Cobolli Gigli said yesterday: "It's the same thing that happened at Napoli.

"Juve will not pass judgment on referees, but the Federation must look at its conscience and take action. Mistakes can happen, but not repeatedly.

"Juventus won on the pitch here and deserved the three points. I cannot complain about the performance of my players or Coach. In my view, the referee was not up to the task.

"I don't want to believe in bad faith, but the approach and judgment of the referee was evidently more in favour of one side than the other. It was so very obvious.

"Something has to be done to improve the impartiality of officials, as it was clear for everyone tonight what happened.

"I think the refereeing designator has to quickly provide officials with the technological advantages that they desperately need, even if Sissoko's penalty incident was a metre away from the referee, so all he needed was to use his eyes.

"I absolutely do not believe in a plot against Juventus, otherwise I would not be here doing this job. It's the quality of the referees that is much lower than it needs to be. I never wanted foreign referees in Serie A, but at this point it might be the solution.

"Many clubs have been penalised by poor decision-making, not just Juve. Of course, some clubs were penalised less than others."

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