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Saturday June 30 2018
VAR goes 3D in Serie A

There will be 3D technology used to make VAR more effective on offside rulings in Serie A from the 2018-19 season.

The introduction of Video Assistant Referees already cut the number of errors seen in Serie A last term, but there is always room for improvement.

“In technical terms, we will have 3D technology and make the issue of offside even more precise, as a few centimetres had caused a few problems in the past,” announced Serie A refereeing designator Nicola Rizzoli in a Press conference.

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Tuesday May 29 2018
‘VAR eliminates errors, not controversy’

Referee designator Nicola Rizzoli says the objective of VAR ‘isn’t to eliminate controversy but rather the big and glaring errors’.

VAR debuted to a mixed reception in Serie A over the past season, with Rizzoli admitting the technology had made 16-18 mistakes, but the 46-year-old insisted it would be wrong for polemics to be removed from Italian football.

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Sunday May 13 2018
The verdict on VAR

After a season of the new technology in Serie A, controversy might not have been reduced, but errors and doubters certainly have, writes Daryl Hammond.

The most recent Derby d’Italia between Juventus and Inter was a gleaming endorsement for Serie A. It showcased its goals, its drama, but also opened a window into the strength and foibles of Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR), as its use saw goals disallowed and players sent off.

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Tuesday May 8 2018
Mattarella: 'Italian refs the best'

President of Italy Sergio Mattarella advised Juventus and Milan ahead of the Coppa Italia Final and said “our referees are the best in the world.”

The Final kicks off in Rome on Wednesday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT), so both teams visited the Quirinale palace today.

References to the tense political situation in Italy were inevitable after the various parties failed to reach an agreement on a coalition government, meaning there could be new elections.

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Sunday May 6 2018
Napoli protest against referees

Napoli fans are staging several protests against refereeing and Juventus, including a Spanish-style ‘Panolada’ before kick-off with Torino.

The Scudetto is practically in the hands of the Bianconeri, especially after last night’s 3-1 victory over Bologna.

That too caused controversy, as some argue Daniele Rugani should’ve been sent off for a penalty foul rather than just booked and Sami Khedira’s goal was affected by a push on Cheick Keita.

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Wednesday May 2 2018
Toscani: "Juve have Mafia mentality"

World famous photographer Oliviero Toscani accused Juventus of having a “Mafia-style mentality” and referees of “bowing” to the club.

Toscani famously created a series of controversial advertising campaigns for Benetton from 1982 to 2000 and remains active in the fashion industry.

He is also a committed Inter supporter and made some shocking comments on Radio 24 show La Zanzara today.

“If I were a Juventus player, I’d be ashamed and certainly not gloat about winning like this,” said Toscani.

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Monday April 30 2018
Orsato among World Cup VAR refs

Daniele Orsato has been confirmed as one of three Italian VAR referees for the World Cup, just days after his controversial performance during Inter-Juventus.

Orsato came under fire for his decisions to send off Matias Vecino early on and not show Miralem Pjanic a second yellow card, with Juve going on to win 3-2 on Sunday, having trailed Inter 2-1 at one stage.

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Thursday April 19 2018
Refs 'surprised' by VAR scepticism

Former referee Paolo Casarin is “surprised and disappointed by the scepticism” on VAR and thinks other tournaments should follow Serie A’s example.

The video replay technology was implemented in Serie A and the Bundesliga this season, while La Liga and Ligue 1 are due to follow, but this week the Premier League voted to delay its introduction.

“Refereeing designator Nicola Rizzoli continues to use young officials who, aided by technology, make fewer and fewer mistakes,” wrote Cavasin in the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

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Thursday April 19 2018
Lazio: ‘Referees against us’

Lazio’s spokesman claims yesterday’s Fiorentina game proves there’s “malice or prejudice against us” on the part of Serie A’s referees.

The Biancocelesti have complained about officiating on a number of occasions this season, and despite their 4-3 win in Florence last night it appears the storm has not died down.

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Wednesday April 18 2018
Collina: 'Ref still decides with VAR'

Pierluigi Collina warns that even with VAR technology, “there will continue to be incidents that divide opinion and the referee must make a final decision.”

The video replay technology, with two officials in the booth watching and passing on information the referee might want to look at again, was introduced this season in Serie A and the Bundesliga.

It is spreading to Spain and France, as well as the 2018 World Cup, while there have been calls for it to be used in the Champions League.

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