Udinese coach Gabriele Cioffi feels they deserved a penalty against Juventus because Federico Bernardeschi ‘pulled Brandon Soppy’s hair.’

The Friulani were beaten 2-0 by an early Paulo Dybala strike and late Weston McKennie header on Mattia De Sciglio’s cross.

When the game was still at 1-0 and wide open, Soppy went down in the box under what appeared to be a tug from Bernardeschi, but not necessarily on his shirt.

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“The sensation we got from the touchline was that Bernardeschi pulled Soppy’s hair. If the referee and VAR evaluated it and decided he hadn’t pulled his hair, there’s not much we can say,” Cioffi told Sky Sport Italia.

“We’re getting a barber in to shave everyone’s hair so nobody can do that again!”

It has been a very tough few weeks for Udinese, who were ordered out of quarantine to play a 6-2 defeat to Atalanta and had a bench packed with youth team players in Turin.

“We were reacting more than taking the initiative in the first half, but that’s natural when we only had our first training session two days ago and had to recover from the titanic strain of the Atalanta match. It’s tough for anyone to go from sitting on the sofa to playing 90 minutes.

“What we wanted to see today was courage and we lacked that in the first 15 minutes. We are rusty, it’s inevitable. I thanked the medical staff, especially Doctor Tenore, because for the past two weeks our training sessions have been done entirely via teleconference call.”

Udinese have signed Filip Benkovic from Leicester City, although he wasn’t in the squad today, so does Cioffi expect any other reinforcements?

“I don’t expect anything, because what am I meant to lecture a club that has been in Serie A for over 25 years? All coaches can do is try to win, otherwise we get replaced.”

5 thought on “Cioffi: ‘Bernardeschi pulled Soppy’s hair for penalty’”
  1. If Bernadeschi did pull his hair, it was likely the most useful thing he did on the pitch, because I didn’t see him do anything else.

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