AS Roma’s Konstantinos Manolas is shown a red card by Rocchi. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino
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A whiff of scandal wafted over Italy's Serie A for the first time this season after a dramatic top-of-the-table clash that saw champions Juventus defeat challengers Roma 3-2 in a bad-tempered clash in Turin.In a match described as "incredible" by Juventus 'keeper Gianluigi Buffon, two players and Roma coach Rudi Garcia were red carded, while three dubious penalty decisions were given, enabling Juventus to go three points clear of the Giallorossi. For legendary Roma captain Francesco Totti, who has spent 21 seasons with the capital club, a string of dubious decisions by referee Gianluca Rocchi raised age-old beliefs that Juventus routinely benefit from favorable decisions. The "Calciopoli" scandal, as it became known, saw Juventus stripped of their 2005 and 2006 titles and demoted to Serie B.Carlos Tevez converted the spot kick to give Juve a 1-0 lead.Although two Juve players were in an offside position, they were not interfering with play and therefore the goal stood.Totti, however, believes Juventus simply cannot lose the title this season, despite commentators insisting Roma would push the Turin giants all the way.
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