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Monday December 3 2018
'Roma-Inter error inconceivable'

Referees chief Marcello Nicchi has accepted that an ‘inconceivable error’ saw Roma not awarded a penalty against Inter on Sunday.

Nicolo Zaniolo seemed to be tripped by Danilo D’Ambrosio in the box during Roma’s 2-2 draw with Inter, yet referee Gianluca Rocchi waved play on while there was no VAR review.

“I have nothing to say except we take note that there was an inconceivable error, which the designator will take care of,” Nicchi told reporters.

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Thursday November 22 2018
Banti for Lazio-Milan

Luca Banti has been announced as the referee for Lazio-Milan on Sunday evening.

An injury ravaged Rossoneri travel south to face their Champions League rivals, with just one point separating them in the table.

Today the AIA has announced that Banti will take charge of that match, with Massimiliano Irrati as the chief VAR official.

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Monday November 12 2018
Referee assaulted in sixth tier

A referee in the Promozione division had to be saved by a former Lazio ultra, having been assaulted by two fans.

The match between Virtus Olympia and Atletico Torrenova in the sixth tier ended with two red cards for the hosts and a goal in stoppage time.

The referee was 24-year-old Riccardo Bernardini, and two Olympia fans were incensed by his decisions.

The two, aged 25 and 35, broke through the barrier separating the fans from the dressing room and Bernardini was struck.

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Thursday October 4 2018

Orsato for Lazio-Fiorentina

Daniele Orsato will take charge of Lazio-Fiorentina, as the Serie A Week 8 referees are announced.

The Biancocelesti are looking to bounce back from their Derby della Capitale defeat to Roma, and welcome the Viola to the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday afternoon.

Today the AIA has announced the officials for this weekend, with Marco Guida as the main Video Assistant Referee.

Elsewhere, Paolo Mazzoleni will be the man in the middle as Roma visit Empoli, while Gianpaolo Calvarese will run the rule over Milan-Chievo.

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Saturday September 29 2018
Referee Agnolin has died

Former Serie A and international referee Luigi Agnolin has died at the age of 75 after a long illness.

He officiated 226 Serie A games, making his debut in the top flight when Fiorentina beat Cagliari 3-0 on March 18, 1973.

Agnolin represented Italy at the 1986 and 1990 World Cups, also officiating the 1987 Cup Winners’ Cup Final and 1988 European Cup Final.

After retirement, he was the Commissioner of the Serie C referee’s association from 1990-92, then Extraordinary Commissioner of the overall Italian Referee’s Association in 2006.

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Friday May 11 2018
Nicchi hits back at De Laurentiis

The head of the Italian referees’ association, Marcello Nicchi, hits back at Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis, hinting he could be charged by the FIGC.

The Partenopei patron claimed that if Maurizio Sarri’s side finish within six points of Juventus they’ll been robbed of the Scudetto, insisting officiating errors cost them eight points.

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Monday April 16 2018
Nicchi: Italian refs over Buffon

Refereeing chief Marcello Nicchi claims he would have sided with Michael Oliver if Gianluigi Buffon’s ‘threatening’ outburst happened in a Serie A game.

Buffon was sent off for excessive dissent towards Oliver after he took issue with the Englishman’s decision to award Real Madrid a stoppage-time penalty, which ultimately knocked Juventus out of the Champions League and sent Los Blancos into the semi-finals.

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Monday April 16 2018
‘Another Calciopoli if refs lose rights’

Refereeing chief Marcello Nicchi has warned that another Calciopoli could hit Italian football if officials lose their right to vote at the top of the game.

The Italian Referees’ Association (AIA) stands to lose its 2 percent voting allocation in the FIGC’s Federal Council, and Nicchi claimed it was an open door to more ‘meddling’ behind the scenes.

“To undermine the independence and impartiality of our referees could mean the start of a new Calciopoli,” he told Radio Anch’io Sport.

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Friday April 6 2018
Ferrero: Refs our ‘crown jewels’

Sampdoria owner Massimo Ferrero claims referees are Italian football’s ‘crown jewels’, who must be ‘supported, not intimidated’.

It comes after Lazio fans filed a class action lawsuit against Marco Di Bello and Piero Giacomelli, while envelopes containing bullets were addressed to Italian head of referees Marcello Nicchi and VAR chief Nicola Rizzoli.

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Thursday April 5 2018
Tare: 'Respect RB Salzburg'

Lazio director Igli Tare warned RB Salzburg “deserve respect” in tonight’s Europa League quarter-final and calms the conversation on referees.

The first leg kicks off at the Stadio Olimpico at 20.05 UK time (19.05 GMT).

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“If we want to think big, then we have to become accustomed to playing on this stage with the fans following us,” Tare told Sky Sport Italia.

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