Annoyed, offended and divided: what Juventus followers did in first match after penalty factors

Lorenzo Bettoni on the Allianz Stadium describes what Juventus followers did and the way they felt of their first match since their group was deducted 15 factors for the present marketing campaign.

The environment of the Curva Sud, the habitat of Juventus’ die-hard ultras, was just a bit extra crowded than earlier than an everyday match, however there wasn’t an excessive amount of noise, aside from just a few firecrackers exploded in entrance of the gates.

Friday’s FIGC ruling brought on outrage amongst followers. Max Allegri’s males had climbed to 3rd place after a horrible begin to the season, however their efforts have been in useless as they have been deducted 15 factors for monetary irregularities and despatched again to 10thone level beneath Fiorentina and Torino.

Previous Woman’s followers have been left in shock, 1000’s threatened to cancel subscriptions to DAZN and Sky Sport Italia, a few of them truly did it, however at first look, there have been extra complaints on social media than on the stadium, the place many seats remained empty. It wasn’t shocking because the journey to the Allianz Stadium was unusually fast and with out site visitors jams. There have been 33,565 followers on the Stadium tonight, together with 237 from Bergamo.

Juventus ultras are recognized to be no associates of former President Andrea Agnelli and blamed the ex-chairman with an announcement, earlier than insulting him inside and outside the stadium. It is a lengthy story and ultras’ protests aren’t solely brought on by the latest chaos however dates again to when Agnelli banned lots of them from the stadium, collaborating with Police after the membership had been blackmailed to obtain free tickets for matches which some ultras group might resell at a better value.

Undoubtedly, their anger isn’t genuinely pushed by the latest penalty that hit the Bianconeri.

However, the help they supplied tonight was nothing in need of spectacular because it was the banner they put up exterior the Curva Sud earlier than kick-off: ‘Serie A or Serie B, we’re all the time right here, just for Juventus.’

Not all followers share the identical view on Agnelli and most atypical supporters have been backing the ex-President on social media recently. Apparently, there was calm exterior the stadium earlier than kick-off, however the ambiance inside was a lot completely different.

Ultras continued to insult Agnelli and the Lega Calcio, though Friday’s ruling comes from FIGC and never Lega Serie A itself.

When Lega banners have been put up in the course of the pitch earlier than gamers left the tunnel, all Curva Sud began booing and singing insulting chants and the identical occurred when the Lega Calcio anthem was performed minutes earlier than kick-off.

Whereas not all Juventus followers lend a hand about Agnelli, it is protected to say that each one of them felt offended and annoyed and their emotions have been simple to know throughout the warmup and the sport.

Each choice made by the referee – seen because the image of the facility that in the end pushed them down within the desk – was challenged with boos and shouts that put stress on the match official, who additionally regarded fairly confused all through the sport.

The sense of injustice, voiced by CEO Maurizio Scanavino earlier than kick-off, was effectively represented on the Allianz Stadium. After a surprising begin that noticed Allegri’s males concede an early objective, the response was vehement and helped the Bianconeri rating twice earlier than the break, impressed by an impressive efficiency by Angel Di Maria.

Joakim Maehle and Ademola Lookman shocked the Allianz Stadium once more by scoring twice within the area of 5 minutes at first of the second half and the double blow left Juventus supporters tremendously silent with much more sense of vacancy and uncertainties, mirroring, maybe, what the gamers felt on the pitch.

Followers remained quiet for lengthy parts of the sport, however the silence was damaged at minute 60, when an ovation from the entire stadium welcomed Federico Chiesa’s introduction. It was even louder when Danilo scored the equalizer and ran beneath the stands hitting the Juventus brand on his chest.

It was like an electrical shock that turned Juventus followers on once more, though they know that each level earned by the Bianconeri within the second a part of the season will not be instrumental to climbing the desk however solely to keep away from an extra fall within the rating, given {that a} new sporting trial might happen within the coming months, wanting into the alleged salaries paid beneath the desk throughout the peak of the COVID pandemic.

If the 3-3 draw with Atalanta proved something, it is that gamers and followers are on the identical boat, surrounded by fears and uncertainties. Not less than, they’re all serving to one another. Every part appears to be like weak across the Allianz Stadium proper now, however gamers confirmed a dedication that was enormously appreciated by supporters even when no one is aware of what the longer term holds for the Black and White aspect of Turin.

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