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Controversial offside calls (and non-calls) weren't limited to the English Premier League this weekend.

In Italy, defending Serie A champions Juventus won again, extending their impressive unbeaten streak to 48 league matches with a 1-0 victory at Catania on Sunday. But the win was not without controversy.

Catania appeared to take the lead midway through the first half via Gonzalo Bergessio's tap-in goal, but the referees ruled it out after a long discussion. Their reasoning—whether it was offside or a handball—was unclear.

It got worse in the second half. Juventus' Arturo Vidal scored the winner in the 57th minute, but Juventus forward Nicklas Bendtner appeared to be offside in the build-up.

See for yourself. Catania's disallowed goal appears above. It's our Set Piece Video of the Day for this Monday. Juventus' goal can be viewed here.

With the win, Juventus maintained their three-point lead over Napoli atop the Serie A table. But as you might imagine, the match did not sit well.

Irish bookmaker Paddy Power paid out on a Catania win, and Catania president Antonino Pulvirenti raged (via Associated Press):

The goal was ruled out only after Juve's protests. It's a scandal, a disgrace. They gave our goal and then ruled it out after the protests. Mistakes can happen, but decisions can't be changed after protests from the bench. I want explanations.

Explanations abounded. According to the AP, Catania's fans chanted "thieves, thieves" at the end of the match. And on Monday, La Gazzetta dello Sport weighed in with a scathing headline (via 101 Great Goals).

As ever, it seems football can't stop generating controversy.

 

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