Juventus defener Stephen Lichtseiner argues with the referee's assistant during their Serie A clash with Genoa in Turin on Saturday. Juventus were aggrieved at numerous decisions during a game in which they only managed a draw.Photo: AFP
A second-half equaliser by Marco Borriello earned struggling Genoa a 1-1 draw at Serie A leaders Juventus on Saturday, denting the champions' hopes of a second successive title.6
Former Juve forward Borriello struck in the 68th minute to leave Antonio Conte's side on 49 points at the top, six clear of Napoli and Lazio who earlier suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat by Chievo Verona.
Genoa, playing for the first time under new manager Davide Ballardini, moved up to 18 points but remained third bottom as Chievo climbed to 11th place on 28 points.
The Juve match was marred by controversy over two penalties not given to the champions in the second half and Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic went unpunished for what appeared to be a clear handball in the area.
Luca Antonelli looked to have pulled Vucinic's shirt as the forward stretched for Emanuele Giaccherini's 80th-minute cross, while Andreas Granqvist sparked furious protests from Juventus when he kicked the ball on to his hand in stoppage time but referee Marco Guida failed to award a spot-kick.
"I don't think there's much to explain, I think everyone saw the match. We saw various incidents and it's not the first time," a livid Conte told reporters.
"I accept being told that 'we made a mistake and we're sorry' but I can't accept being told 'I don't feel like I could give it'.
"If the assistant and the fourth official both say it was a penalty then the referee can't say 'I wasn't able to give it'. That isn't football.
"We'll all human beings and we can all make mistakes, but you have to take responsibility for what you do. That is a stonewall penalty and that's all there is to it."
The protests from the Juventus staff carried on in the tunnel, with Sky Sport Italia reporting that Conte, Leonardo Bonucci and injured Giorgio Chiellini harangued Guida.
Genoa president Enrico Preziosi was equally angry, saying: "There's arrogance from Conte, he assaulted the referee, I hope something is done about it.
â€œWe didn't complain about the Vucinic's handball... Milan lost a title to the (Sulley) Muntari ghost goal (scored against Juventus last season but not given because officials failed to see it had crossed the line)."
Lazio 0 Chievo 1 (Paloschi 61)
Juventus 1 (Quagliarella 54)
Genoa 1 (Borriello 68)