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Wednesday September 12 2018
Serie A allows Astori tribute

The Lega Serie A has granted Fiorentina an exemption to the new captain’s armband rule, so German Pezzella can wear the Davide Astori tribute.

For this season the league introduced a standardised armband for all club captains, but the likes of Daniele De Rossi and Papu Gomez, of Roma and Atalanta respectively, ignored the ruling and continued to wear personalised armbands.

That prompted a statement from the Lega declaring that any club flouting the rule would be subject to punishment from Week 4 onward.

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Sunday September 9 2018
Chiellini: 'Armband controversy needless'

Giorgio Chiellini maintains the captain’s armband controversy, particularly around Fiorentina, “was an unnecessary lack of communication.”

The Juventus and Italy defender was asked by Rai Sport about the Lega Serie A threatening to fine anyone wearing a different armband from the standard one handed out this season.

Fiorentina point-blank refused to change theirs, as it includes the ‘DA13’ logo – a tribute to captain Davide Astori, who died in his sleep at the team hotel in March.

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Saturday September 8 2018
Fiorentina negotiate Astori clearance

It’s reported the Lega Serie A has agreed not to fine Fiorentina for their captain’s armband in honour of Davide Astori.

The new rules introduced this season bar personalised armbands, so they can only wear the standardised version.

All the clubs have complained this is unnecessary, but none more so than Fiorentina, whose armband is a tribute to former captain Astori.

He died in his sleep on March 4 at the age of 31, while awaiting a Serie A match against Udinese.

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Friday September 7 2018
Costacurta: 'Italy enthusiasm is back'

FIGC Vice-Commissioner Alessandro Costacurta sees more “enthusiasm” around Italy under Roberto Mancini, but has fitness concerns with Poland.

The UEFA Nations League campaign kicks off at the Stadio Dall’Ara in Bologna at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

Click here for the line-ups and Liveblog.

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Thursday September 6 2018
Tommasi: ‘Armbands must be authorised’

The head of the Italian players’ union, Damiano Tommasi, says they’ll meet with the Lega Serie A “soon” about the captain’s armbands issue.

This year the league has introduced standardised armbands, white with the Serie A logo and ‘Capitano’ in large letters.

Roma’s Daniele De Rossi and Papu Gomez of Atalanta were among the players to ignore the ruling, but this week the governing body warned there would be disciplinary sanctions for players wearing the wrong armbands.

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Tuesday September 4 2018
Warning over Serie A armbands

The Lega Serie A has announced that any player wearing unofficial captain’s armbands will face punishment, starting from Week 4.

A new ruling for this season requires club captain’s to wear a white armband with the Serie A logo and ‘Capitano’ in large letters.

Players including Daniele De Rossi and Papu Gomez have ignored the ruling without punishment so far, but there will now be a crackdown.

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Tuesday September 4 2018
Three clubs fined

Napoli, Sampdoria and Spal have all been fined after this weekend’s Serie A action, but there are no new player suspensions.

The Lega Serie A releases its disciplinary report after ever round of the season, detailing fines, warnings and bans.

There were no red cards in the top flight this season, and there are no players newly suspended for Week 4.

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Saturday August 18 2018
Papu dismayed by armband ruling

Atalanta star Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez expressed his dismay at a new Serie A ruling introducing standardised captain’s armbands.

The Argentina international had enjoyed showing off a different armband for each game, designed along with his wife, to reflect various issues of interest.

They covered anything from Earth Day to Halloween, nostalgia for the original Playstation and 1990s icons to women’s rights and Peppa Pig.

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Thursday August 16 2018
Official: Sampdoria, Genoa matches off

The Lega Serie A has officially confirmed that Sampdoria-Fiorentina and Milan-Genoa have been postponed in light of the bridge collapse in Genoa.

The Ponte Morandi collapsed on Tuesday morning, with 38 people confirmed dead and more injured. The death toll is expected to rise.

Both Genovese clubs asked not to play their games this weekend, and the entire first round of fixtures could be delayed.

This afternoon the Lega Serie A has confirmed that two games are postponed, but there has so far been no update on the other eight.

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Thursday August 16 2018
Ferrero: ‘Delay Serie A start’

Sampdoria President Massimo Ferrero is “sure” that the first weekend of Serie A will be postponed.

A bridge collapsed in Genoa on Tuesday, killing at least 39 people and injuring many more.

The state funeral for the victims is on Saturday, when the league is supposed to start, and that day is also a national day of mourning.

“I’m calling the Presidents so we can say we don’t have to play,” Ferrero confirmed to RMC Sport.

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