Nedved: Referees have been conditioned against Juventus

The Czech legend has backed Bianconeri boss Antonio Conte's assertion that officials are now afraid to award the club penalties, claiming that 'Calciopoli' is to blame
Pavel Nedved is adamant that referees have been conditioned to go against Juventus ever since 'Calciopoli'.

The Bianconeri were relegated to Serie B and stripped of two titles because of their involvement in the scandal, which centred on former managing director Luciano Moggi's alleged attempts to influence the performance of match officials, as well as their appointment for certain games.

Nedved, now a director at the club, believes that Juve are still paying the price for their involvement in 'Calciopoli' and is in total agreement with coach Antonio Conte, who recently claimed that referees have been afraid to award his side penalties this season.

"We do not want favours but we expect fair treatment," the 39-year-old Czech legend told Sky Sport Italia.

"It's a fact that they are conditioned against us. After 2006 we have been given very few penalties in our favour."

Turning his attention to Saturday night's eagerly-awaited clash between second-placed Juve and league leaders AC Milan, Nedved insisted that he is disappointed that the Rossoneri will be without their talismanic forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic through suspension.

"I'm sorry for his absence; he's a loss to the game," the former Ballon d'Or winner admitted. "With him on the pitch, the people would certainly have enjoyed the match even more."

Juve go into the game at San Siro, which kicks off at 20.45CET, one point in arrears of the Rossoneri, but with a game in hand over their title rivals.

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