The one means for gamers to keep away from gifting away penalties for handball beneath present guidelines is to chop off their arms, indignant Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini mentioned after his crew drew 2-2 at Juventus.
Gasperini noticed his facet give away two penalties, each for handball, which allowed Serie A leaders Juventus twice to combat again from behind.
Each handballs had been unintentional, as first Marten de Roon after which Luis Muriel had been struck at point-blank vary, however due to the place of their arms, the referee had little possibility however to award a spot kick every time.
“These are the foundations, effectively, at the very least, in Italy,” mentioned Gasperini. “What can we do, reduce off the participant’s arms?”
“That’s not the primary penalty given like that, there have been so many. Is the rule interpreted like that in every other league on the earth? We have to change the way in which we interpret the foundations.”
The draw stored Atalanta third within the desk, 9 factors behind Juventus, with six video games every left to play.
“We did rather well in opposition to the league leaders,” he mentioned. “I’m very proud of the efficiency and really disillusioned to not have gained.”
Gasperini mentioned that, even when Atalanta had closed the hole on Juventus to 6 factors, they may not have gained the title.
“The Juve title can’t get away,” he mentioned. “I imagine that the Scudetto now not had historical past however for us it was a prestigious race and a strategy to take a look at ourselves for the Champions League quarter-finals the place we need to make a great impression.”
Atalanta face Paris St Germain within the Champions League quarters, which can happen over one leg in Lisbon in August.
(Writing by Brian Homewood; Enhancing by Toby Davis)