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Allegri urges Juventus fans to accept the referee’s controversial decisions in 1-0 loss to Napoli

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has asked his side to move on from the refereeing decisions that saw them lose 1-0 to Napoli yesterday.

They had two goals ruled out, leading to boos from the fans and an on-pitch squabble. But the Italian manager asked his side not to dwell too much on the decisions.

Angel Di Maria thought he had given his side the lead when he showed world-class composure to finish beyond Alex Meret.

However, the video assistant referee (VAR) pointed the on-pitch referee to an Arkadiusz Milik foul on Stanislav Lobotka in the build-up. The referee wiped the goal off.

Moments later, he was chalking off another as Federico Chiesa took the ball beyond the line before setting up Dusan Vlahovic.

Napoli took the win late in the game when Giacomo Raspadori connected deftly to a cross from Eljif Elmas. The ball squirmed into the net beneath Wojciech Szczesny’s legs.

Juventus have now lost three in a row. It is the Turin club’s worst run since 2010/11 under Gigi Delneri.

The Bianconeri are third behind Lazio, while AS Roma are in the last Champions League position.

Allegri urged his side to move on from the decisions despite the disappointing defeat. He said they still had an advantage over others in the top four race.

They are still in the Coppa Italia and the Europa League.

Allegri told DAZN (via Football Italia): “We need to stay calm, accept as we always have done, the refereeing decisions – good or bad.

“Otherwise, we waste energy because we cannot change the result now. The referee was very good today. I congratulate him on his performance.”

The manager faced questions about bringing on Di Maria and Chiesa. They seemed to unbalance Juve tactically, but Allegri was adamant he needed them.

The former AC Milan coach said he went for technically-gifted players that take their man on.

Allegri believes his side played well but switched off for the Napoli goal.

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