Thursday August 9 2012
Goalline officials 'are positive'

The Italian Super Cup will have two goal-line referees for the first time and Referees’ Association President Marcello Nicchi is confident it will make a difference.

Saturday’s clash between Juventus and Napoli in Beijing will be the first time a competitive Italian match has included a six-man team of officials.

Paolo Mazzoleni has been assigned as the referee, plus goal-line refs Nicola Rizzoli and Paolo Tagliavento.

Linesmen are Renato Faverani and Andrea Edoardo Stefani, while the fourth official is Mauro Bergonzi.

“There will be additional referees in Beijing and I think it’s a positive new development going into Serie A as well,” said AIA President Nicchi.

“We are almost ready and it is a very important change. We can leave the referee to be more relaxed and focus on his work with additional eyes on the field.”

The goal-line referees were already used in Euro 2012, but still managed to cause controversy.

Although this system will be used in the Italian Super Cup this weekend, the AIA have warned it will take a few weeks or even months before it is used in Serie A.

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