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Furious Turkish fans rain missiles on ref Dallas; EURO 2000.

TURKEY coach Mustafa Denizli was left fuming after what he called an "unforgivable" refereeing decision by Scot Hugh Dallas handed Italy a controversial 2-1 victory in their opening Group B clash in Arnhem yesterday.

Filippo Inzaghi's spot-kick after 70 minutes proved decisive, although his fall under a challenge from Ogun Temizkenoglu to win the penalty was at best theatrical.

Buruk Okan had earlier equalised for Turkey with a textbook header after a spectacular 52nd-minute opener by Italy's Antonio Conte.

But Inzaghi's spot-kick - or to be more precise the manner in which he won it - proved to be the incident that settled the encounter, leaving Italy level at the top of Group B with co-hosts Belgium and Turkey struggling at the bottom with Sweden.

"At this level it's unforgivable," raged Denizli, who made no attempt to hide his emotions.

"The whole match turned on one bad decision by the referee. There's no way it was a penalty and my player later confirmed this to me.

"I admit I'm very angry and must find a way to comfort my players.

"Perhaps we lacked a bit of ambition, but we do not deserve this defeat - which I consider scandalous.

"I repeat that there was no way it was a penalty and the consequences are serious.

"But we must restore our confidence and win our next match - and all because of a foul which never took place."

Even Inzaghi himself admitted luck was on the side of the Italians as he added: "This penalty was a lucky one. It was a debatable penalty, but we reacted very well.

"It was a penalty the referee could have given or could have refused."

When Dallas awarded the penalty the Turks reacted with fury and their supporters behind the goal hailed missiles at the Scottish official.
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