ROME, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Juventus extended their lead in the Serie A with a 1-0 win over 10-man Catania after the referee's controversial decisions apparently changed the game.
The hosts had a goal mistakenly disallowed in the 25th minute, and their owner and president Antonio Pulvirenti was sent away from the bench for protesting.
"This is the third incident against us. It happened with Parma, then Inter and now you all saw what happened today," blasted Pulvirenti.
"What are we supposed to do? Sit back and passively accept these things? There are seven officials and nobody seems to notice anything.
"The linesman had given Bergessio's goal, then disallowed it after the protests from the Juventus bench. This is more than mere psychological sublimation to bigger clubs, it is something more," he said.
Arturo Vidal scored the only goal of the game 12 minutes after the interval, which, unlike Catania's effort, should have been disallowed and it was enough to earn the Bianconeri all three points.
Juventus assistant manager Angelo Alessio insisted they "dominated" Catania and brushed off the controversial goal incidents.
"On the pitch we didn't see much. The linesman lifted his flag, then I don't know what happened," he said.
"A mistake can happen and it's a shame, but we played our game and wasted several scoring opportunities," he said.
Catania's hope to equalize was then dashed as they ended the game with 10 men after Giuseppe Marchese was sent off.
Catania started brightly and they looked to have taken the lead in the 25th minute when Gonzalo Bergessio tapped in the rebound after Francesco Lodi's header had come back off a post.
The two teams and the referee were returning to the center circle for the restart, but the linesman called the official over and, after the pair conferred over the radio with the fourth official, the goal was ruled out.
In the 57th minute, Nicklas Bendtner, making his first start in Serie A for Juve, was in an offside position when he was sent through by Mirko Vucinic, and his shot was parried out to Vidal, who was on hand to score his third goal of the season.