Roma's pursuit of Juventus at the top of Serie A remained on track when they beat relegation candidates Sassuolo on Sunday.
However, the match contained a bizarre, controversial moment when referee Nicola Rizzoli overruled his own penalty decision.
With the score at 1-0, the goal-line official adjudged defender Mehdi Benatia to have pulled down striker Nicola Sansone in the box. He alerted the referee, who pointed to the spot. But the game was halted for nearly five minutes as Roma players complained, which resulted in Rizzoli reversing his call to award a dropped ball.
Roma coach Rudi Garcia was quoted by Reuters (h/t The Guardian) as saying "I think the referee did very well."
The Romans were given an extra boost later in the day when Napoli ended Juventus' winning streak.