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Thursday January 3 2019
RAI chief: 'Juventus control VAR'

In a bizarre rant, new director of Rai 2 Carlo Freccero has accused Juventus of “occupying all of VAR” and “manoeuvring” the sport.

It was an unexpected turn of events during the presentation press conference of the man in charge of decision-making at the Italian equivalent of BBC2, a State-run broadcaster.

When asked if he would try to bring more football coverage back to RAI, who have the rights to the Coppa Italia and the Italian Super Cup, as well as some Champions League games, his response was unusual.

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Sunday December 23 2018
Big drop in Serie A spot-kicks

Many thought the introduction of VAR would increase the number of penalties awarded in Serie A, but instead there have been 25 fewer than last season.

Although the technology was already in effect in the 2017-18 campaign, it has been honed by officials and made more efficient.

Opta statistics show that after 17 rounds last season, 70 penalties had been given in Serie A.

At the same stage of the 2018-19 campaign, there have only been 45 spot-kicks awarded, a drop of 25.

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Thursday December 20 2018
Massa to referee Juventus-Roma

Davide Massa has been announced as the referee for Saturday night’s big game between Juventus and Roma.

The two sides meet at the Allianz Stadium in Week 17, with the hosts still unbeaten this season. Click here for a match preview.

Today the AIA has announced the referees for this weekend’s game, and Massa will be the man in the middle in Turin.

Piero Giacomelli will be the lead VAR official, with Alessandro Lo Cicero assisting him.

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Friday December 7 2018
FIGC clamp down on ref violence

The Italian Federation (FIGC) has introduced stronger sanctions to combat violence against referees, with a minimum two-year ban.

The changes were made after a spate of incidents around the country in the lower divisions.

“For the first time, the FIGC has moved to discipline in detail through the introduction of a specific article in the Code of Justice any violent act towards referees.

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Thursday November 29 2018
Linesman given five year ban

A linesman in Italy’s eighth tier has been given a five year ban from football, for headbutting one of the players.

On November 25 a match between A.S.D. Buggerru and Monreale Calcio was in the second half when a Monreale player who had been substituted tried to grab the ball by the sideline to get play restarted quickly.

That resulted in a scuffle with the assistant referee, who had been designated by Buggerru, and the official landed a headbutt on the Monreale man.

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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 19 2018
Penalty given for swearing

A match in Italy’s seventh tier will have to be replayed, after a referee gave a penalty for swearing.

Bacigalupo were 3-2 winners over Barracuda in Group D of the Prima Categoria on November 4, scoring the winner in the 95th minute.

During the match referee Salvatore Sangiovanni gave a bizarre penalty in the ninth minute of the second half.

Barracuda player Gianpiero Opsi was seeking to fire up his teammates, and used a blasphemous expression.

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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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Monday October 1 2018
Nicchi issues VAR warning

Referees chief Marcello Nicchi has warned Serie A officials who do not use VAR correctly that they ‘will sit out’.

The season has already been marred by several instances of referees not consulting the VAR when there have been moments of contention, the latest being Federico Chiesa’s perceived dive during Fiorentina’s 2-0 win against Atalanta, which was deemed a penalty without a review.

“VAR works and must be applied properly,” Nicchi told Gr Parlamento.

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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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