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Juventus: Why Bashing Antonio Conte's Bianconeri Only Makes You Seem Bitter

CATANIA, ITALY - OCTOBER 28:  Players of Catania and Juventus speak with referee Andrea Gervasoni during the Serie A match between Calcio Catania and FC Juventus at Stadio Angelo Massimino on October 28, 2012 in Catania, Italy.  (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)
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Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistOctober 28, 2012

Everybody loves a winner.

That's a song by William Bell, in case you didn't know. Very underrated performer, but not really the point. What is the point, you may ask? Simple: He's wrong.

People hate winners. They love rooting for the underdog. It's human nature, and there's nothing wrong with that. Hoping for the little guy to knock off the champ is just what people do.

Juventus are, according to Wikipedia, one of the most supported teams around the world and by far the most popular team in Italy. They're also the most successful team in Italy, with 28 official domestic titles.

That's a winning team, and that means a lot of hate.

It seems like it's almost illegal to support the Bianconeri these days, judging from the amount of negative comments the team receives on a daily basis. They can't win fair. They play ugly. They destroy Italian football. The FIGC wants them to win.

Against Catania earlier today, Juventus came away with two poor decisions from the referee. Again, according to the fans from seemingly every other team in the world.

Yes, Nicklas Bendtner was offside. No, Gonzalo Bergessio wasn't.

Juventus supporters are not blind. We can see when a referee makes a poor decision. Believe it or not, we actually regret it when they make those poor decisions.

Juventus dominated the entire game, with the exception of the last 10 minutes when Catania desperately looked for the equaliser and Juventus played on the counter. Catania gave Juve a very good fight, but the Bianconeri were clearly the better team. I like to believe that Juventus would have beaten Catania even if the goal had stood.

Instead, we're left with three points and a whole lot of talk we've heard 100 times before. Juventus cheat. Even the Catania coach had something to say about it, according to Goal.com (per Sky Sport Italia).

Milan beat Genoa by the same score yesterday. Stephan El Shaarawy scored the only goal, after an assist from Ignazio Abate, who was also offside.

No one cares. Milan are going through a difficult period right now: They're not winning. So, that makes it OK?

Referees make mistakes. It happens. And good teams get more calls going their way, as they spend more time holding the ball and close to the goal of opposing teams.

Sure, it's a pain when a referee makes a mistake that costs your team. But take your frustration out on the FIFA for not allowing the technology to help the referees, as we've seen in other sports for decades now. Blame the official, who actually made the mistake.

Don't blame Juventus just because they're winning. It makes you look like a sore loser. Which you probably are.

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