ALVARO MORATA was sent off AFTER the full-time whistle of Juventus’ shock draw with Benevento for slating the referee’s ‘shameful’ decision to not award his side a penalty.
The reigning Serie A champions slipped to a 1-1 stalemate against minnows Benevento at the weekend.
Morata was sent off after calling the referee’s decision to not award Juventus a penalty ‘shameful’Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Morata scored the game’s first goal, but saw red after the full-time whistle sounded after Juve were denied a penalty.
The ex-Chelsea striker was given his marching orders for dissent after being over aggressive in his appeal.
Italian outlet Tuttosport claim Morata called the referee’s decision ‘shameful’.
Morata will now miss at least Juventus‘ next Serie A game against local rivals Torino on Saturday.
And that could prove a huge loss for boss Andrea Pirlo.
Juventus are yet to win a game this season when Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t played.
Ronaldo has scored nine times in all competitions this term, with Morata adding eight.
Their combined 15 goals total 74 per cent of all Juventus’ strikes this season.
Morata had earlier given Juventus the lead at minnows BeneventoCredit: AFP
Ronaldo was rested for the tame draw with Benevento, but will almost certainly take on Torino with Morata set to miss the game.
During the game at the weekend, play was halted after ten minutes to pay tribute to Diego Maradona with a minute’s applause.
The Argentina legend, who led Napoli to two Serie A titles during a prestigious career, died on Tuesday from heart failure.
Tributes for Maradona took place across the globe, but none more poignant than the one seen at Boca Juniors vs Newell’s Old Boys.
Maradona played for both Argentine sides, with their tributes leaving the fallen icon’s daughter, Dalma, in floods of tears.
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