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Thursday September 12 2019
Nainggolan blow for Cagliari

Cagliari have been dealt another injury blow as Radja Nainggolan will miss their match against Parma on Sunday with a calf problem.

Nainggolan did not train on Thursday and the setback will rule the midfielder out of Cagliari’s return to Serie A action this weekend.

He joins Alessio Cragno and Leonardo Pavoletti on the Rossoblu’s treatment table, although they will be hoping his injury is not as severe.

The 31-year-old only returned to Sardinia on loan from Inter last month, while his wife is currently receiving cancer treatment.

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Thursday September 12 2019
Serie A Week 3 referees

The referees for Serie A Week 3 are announced as Massimiliano Irrati will officiate the clash between Fiorentina and Juventus.

Irrati [pictured, right] is one of Italy’s most experienced referees and was the VAR for the World Cup Final last year.

Elsewhere, Milan’s trip to Verona will be overseen by Gianluca Manganiello, Maurizio Mariani will take charge of Inter-Udinese and Federico La Penna is the man in the middle for Napoli’s visit of Sampdoria. 

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Wednesday September 11 2019
Conte all-time top Serie A earner

Antonio Conte is reportedly the highest-paid Coach in Serie A history on €11m per year at Inter, double the salary of second-placed Maurizio Sarri of Juventus.

La Gazzetta dello Sport drew up a list of this season’s top-earning tacticians and found that not only was Conte leading the way for the 2019-20 campaign, but also the history of Italian football.

Conte is believed to pick up €11m per year net to sit on the Inter bench, which is double the €5.5m that Sarri earns at Juventus.

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Tuesday September 10 2019
Zhang: Inter, Icardi, Lukaku...

Steven Zhang ‘wishes Mauro Icardi good luck’ at Paris Saint-Germain, says Inter are ‘aiming for the top’ and ‘really hopes’ Serie A has seen the last of racism. 

Zhang is about to close his first year as Inter President, having overseen a second successive Champions League qualification and appointed Antonio Conte as Coach.

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Tuesday September 10 2019
Lukaku: Conte behind good form

Romelu Lukaku admits he is relieved to be ‘finally’ working under Antonio Conte at Inter and believes Serie A is ‘moving’ with regards to stamping out racism.

Lukaku followed up his two Serie A finishes for Inter with a goal and assist for Belgium during their 4-0 demolition of Scotland on Monday evening.

“Finally I’m working with Conte, a Coach who has wanted me for a long time,” the striker said after the game.

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Tuesday September 10 2019
Revealed: Serie A's highest earners

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo is Serie A’s runaway highest earner on €31m a season, with Matthijs de Ligt and Romelu Lukaku already second and third.

An investigation by Gazzetta dello Sport discovered Serie A was spending €1.36bn on gross salaries – the most in the League’s history.

That is chiefly down to Ronaldo’s extravagant income of almost €600,000 a week and Juve’s wage bill of €294m – more than double that of nearest challengers Inter (€139m).

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Monday September 9 2019
Tommasi: 'Ultras safe havens in stadiums'

Players’ Association President Damiano Tommasi urged “courage” to fight racism in football and destroy “safe havens” for ultras in the stadium.

The issue reared its ugly head again when Romelu Lukaku was racially abused by Cagliari fans, but what really took the story around the world was the open letter from a group of Inter ultras in the Curva Nord who insisted it was not racism, but a way of ‘helping the team’ by putting him off his game.

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Monday September 9 2019
Juve squad cost €719m

Juventus spent €719m on transfer fees to assemble the squad, but Manchester City are the first club to surpass €1bn.

According to the CIES Football Observatory, the Bianconeri are the fifth biggest spenders in the top five European leagues.

Over the course of purchasing all their players, they paid out €719m in transfer fees.

This puts them above Barcelona, who spent €697m, but behind Manchester United on €751m, Real Madrid €902m and Paris Saint-Germain’s €913m.

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Sunday September 8 2019
Casarin: 'Handball rule unreasonable'

Former referee Paolo Casarin blasted the new handball rules and increased use of VAR. “Reason is dying in football and the referee is being delegitimised, but we must stop play for racist abuse.”

The changes to the handball interpretation has to all intents and purposes ruled out the difference between a voluntary block and involuntary ricochet.

“I saw the penalty they gave against Matthijs de Ligt,” Casarin wrote in the Corriere dello Sport, referring to the Euro 2020 qualifier between the Netherlands and Germany.

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Saturday September 7 2019
Cragno out for four months

Cagliari goalkeeper Alessio Cragno had surgery on his right shoulder today and is expected to be out of action for four months.

The shot-stopper had been struggling since a nasty fall during a pre-season friendly and tried non-surgical treatment to resolve the issue.

However, he eventually required an operation to correct the instability in the right shoulder.

That was performed at the Villa Stuart clinic in Rome today and the prognosis is circa four months.

Cagliari signed Robin Olsen on loan from Roma as a replacement.

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