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The Serie A president made it clear that Fabio Grosso’s goal should have stood, early in the first half.

Italy were defeated 2-0 by the five time world champions Brazil earlier tonight, in a match that had it all. It was an intriguing contest, one that the South Americans certainly deserved to win, as they grabbed two first half goals through Elano and Robinho.

Prior to Elano’s opener however, Italy managed to find the back of the net, as Andrea Pirlo’s glorious ball into the area was met by Fabio Grosso, who spectacularly put the ball past Julio Cesar.

The goal was ruled out for offside however, despite the replays proving that this was not the case. The error made by the linesman was something that the Serie A president, Giancarlo Abete, made mention to in an interview midway through the match.

“Brazil played better than us in the first half, and they deservedly led at the break,” Abete stated in the interview with Sky.

“However, the goal that we managed to score through Grosso was disallowed for an offside that wasn’t there, which is not fair.

“If that decision was made against us, then there would have been much more made about the decision, as controversy always seems to surround us,” he added.

“Mistakes are made from time to time, and our referees are meant to be among the best in the world,” Abete concluded.

The Italian’s defeat means that Marcello Lippi’s unbeaten run as coach ended on 31, denying him off a potential record.

Adrian Del Monte  

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