Paulo Roberto Falcao examines rivalry between Roma and Juventus following Mattia Destro’s banThe former Romanista has had his say
Retired Brazil international Paulo Roberto Falcao has discussed the rivalry between Juventus and his former club Roma and how he believes it started.
The 60-year-old played in Rome for five years between 1980 and 1985 and chose to comment on Mattia Destro’s three-match ban, which some have suggested was given to the young forward to benefit Juve in the title race.
Destro, a Roma forward, was handed the suspension after clashing with Cagliari’s Davide Astori off the ball but Falcao doesn’t believe it can be compared to a situation which occurred in the 1980/81 season.
Falcao spoke to ANSA and said: “The rivalry between Roma and Juventus was born in the 1980s, when I was playing for Roma.
“What triggered it was the goal unjustly ruled out for Maurizio Turone.”
The incident Falcao refers to was where Turone incorrectly had a goal disallowed for offside in a game which ended 0-0 and - with that match being the third from last of the season, plus Juventus going on to win the league by one point – many felt it was unjust.
The former Brazil midfielder doesn’t believe Destro’s suspension is down to a similar unjust decision though.
He was quoted by Football Italia as saying: “You can not compare Destro’s suspenstion to that (Turone incident), they are in two completely different contexts.
“The championship is pretty much decided, but Roma has a duty to continue to believe in it, because they are a very strong team.
“Juventus are a club with great tradition, just like Roma.”