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Totti branded 'Pinocchio' amid Roma penalty storm

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Totti branded 'Pinocchio' amid Roma penalty storm

AS Roma's Francesco Totti looks on before the match

GIORGIO PEROTTINO

REUTERS

Roma great Francesco Totti has been criticised by Cesena for claiming their stoppage-time penalty was deserved.

Francesco Totti has been compared to Pinocchio by Cesena president Giorgio Lugaresi as the controversy over their Coppa Italia quarter-final rages on.

The Roma legend scored a penalty in the seventh minute of stoppage time as his side salvaged a 2-1 victory over their Serie B opponents on Wednesday to book a semi-final tie against city rivals Lazio.

Totti's spot-kick was awarded after goalkeeper Federico Agliardi was ruled to have fouled Kevin Strootman in the area.

Cesena were fuming with the decision, which denied them extra-time and the chance of a historic upset at Stadio Olimpico.

Totti scores the penalty that would givew Roma a very lat 2-1 win.

ROMA - CESENATotti scores the penalty that would givew Roma a very lat 2-1 win.

And Lugaresi was then unhappy to see Totti go on to state his agreement with referee Fabio Maresca's decision in a post-match interview.

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"Last night after the game, live, Totti said the penalty against Cesena was clear!" the president wrote on Facebook.

"That is a nonsense. It was only a few seconds later that I realised the great Francesco was just trying out a new advertising spot where he plays - in this case rather well - Pinocchio!"

Totti, 40, had told Rai Sport after the game: "I thought it was an obvious foul for the penalty. Kevin Strootman anticipated the goalkeeper and was knocked down."

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