It sometimes feels like Italian football is trapped in a vicious circle from which it can never escape. Every mistake by a match official stokes the fires of conspiracy theorists everywhere. This weekend the flames were licking up to the very top of the table.
If you hadn’t been watching Serie A for a while you might think it all started with the Calciopoli scandal. But this game of bitter recrimination over who enjoys most favours from the men in black has been going on for decades. And, ultimately, it is hard for anyone to emerge as a winner.