Napoli director slams ‘shameful’ Juve penalties

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Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli has criticised the penalty decisions made against his club during the 3-1 defeat to Juventus on Tuesday.

Two second-half penalties from Paulo Dybala saw the Bianconeri claim victory in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final against the Partenopei. 

Giuntoli was angered by the penalty decisions and believes they are damaging to Italian football in general.

He told Rai Sport: "We thought it important to publicly thank the lads for their performance and to say we emerge defeated by two decisions that were not debatable, but shameful and damaging to all of Italian football.

"On the first penalty, Dybala knocks the ball on and seeks contact for the penalty. I thought the first one was frankly more of a spot kick, but after watching the replay this one isn't right either. The striker goes looking for the contact.

"On the second Reina gets the ball, then he certainly cannot disappear and thus he contacts the player too.

"What's more, that happened after a penalty was not given to us, considering that two of them knocked down one of our players. The decisions were shameful."