“We only lost in Madrid because we were penalised by refereeing decisions.” Giuseppe Marotta looked back ruefully on Wednesday's Champions League clash at the Bernabeu as he spoke during a press conference after today's shareholders' meeting at Juventus Stadium.
“Financially speaking, there's still a gulf between us but we've closed the gap on the field. We were penalised by some of the refereeing decisions but fouls are judged differently at international level than they are in Italy. The presidents of FIGC and AIA [Italian referees' association] have both spoken negatively about the refereeing on Wednesday. We hope Collina will pay close attention to the performances of match officials in a competition that has such a big impact on clubs' finances and in which, being a cup competition, individual episodes can prove decisive.”
Marotta then provided an update on the contract renewals of Vidal and Pogba: “We've reached an agreement in principle with Vidal and now we're just ironing out the final details. We'll be making an announcement regarding his contract extension in due course. He wants to stay here and keep playing for Juventus, where he believes he can achieve great things.
“Over the coming weeks we'll extend Pogba's contract too. He had a sudden explosion. His first contract was based on the fact that he was a promising young player but now he's become a reality.”
While signatures are imminent for Vidal and Pogba, for Conte “a handshake is all that's needed. No club would want to get rid of such a successful coach and there is no reason for ending our relationship with him. Conte himself is sad to hear these rumours which have been circulated in an attempt to destabilise a club which is in fact extremely compact.”
Finally, Marotta spoke about the Mutu case, after FIFA's Dispute Resolution Chamber ruled that Juventus should pay Chelsea compensation for signing the Romanian when he was a free agent. “The legal dispute was between Chelsea and the player and we got dragged into it after the ruling was announced, leaving us little chance to defend ourselves. We'll seek to do that through the legal channels still open to us for appeal, because we believe it is an unjust ruling.”
Chief executive officer Aldo Mazzia concluded: “We're preparing our case for appeal. We were surprised by the unfavourable ruling and we have an excellent chance of being able to assert our position. We now have two options open to us: the CAS and, if necessary, the Swiss Federal Court.”