'What do we do? Cut off the player's arms?'

Sports | REUTERS 13 Jul 2020

The only way to avoid players giving away penalties for handball is to cut off their arms, angry Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini snapped after his team drew 2-2 at Juventus.

Gasperini saw his side give away two penalties - both for handball and converted by Cristiano Ronaldo - that allowed Italian Serie A leaders Juventus twice to fight back from behind. Both handballs were accidental, with Marten de Roon and then Luis Muriel struck at point-blank range. But because of the position of their arms the referee had little option but to award spot-kicks.

"Those are the rules, well, at least, in Italy," said Gasperini. "What do we do? Cut off the player's arms? ... We need to change the way we interpret the rules."

The draw kept Atalanta third in the table - nine points behind Juventus with six games to play. "We did really well against the league leaders," Gasperini said. "I'm very happy with the performance."

He said the game was a good test for the Champions League-quarter finals in August when Atalanta face Paris Saint-Germain.

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