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Sunday March 29 2020
Nicchi: 'Refs need guarantees'

AIA President Marcello Nicchi has revealed that the referees are “ready to restart the engine” but will need “guarantees” and are not willing to “risk lives”.

The Italian Referees’ Association has claimed that they will respect the decisions of the Italian government and insisted the match officials will only return to the pitch when it’s safe to resume play.

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Thursday March 26 2020
Coronavirus: Slight drop in deaths

Coronavirus deaths have dropped slightly from yesterday, while 999 have recovered from the illness in the last 24 hours.

Thursday’s report from the civil protection, carried out by director general Agostino Miozzo, highlighted another 662 deaths – which is another drop from Wednesday’s tally of 683 but remain a high number of deceased every day.

Another 999 have healed from the illness and the total of subjects currently positive are 62,013. This means that the total number of healed rises to 10,361.

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Wednesday March 25 2020
Dal Pino: 'No talk about training'

Lega Serie A President Paolo Dal Pino wants the Presidents to stop asking about training sessions until the initial decree expires.

The FIGC and Lega Serie A gathered the Presidents to discuss a possible conclusion of the Serie A 2019-20 season, currently interrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic affecting the whole world.

They are working on the different hypotheses of resuming play in 2019-20, but Corriere della Sera claims it’s still only a mirage to think about returning to the stadiums for the respective clubs.

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Monday March 2 2020
Coppa Italia semi-finals referees

The Coppa Italia referees have been announced, when Gianluca Rocchi will oversee Juventus-Milan and Daniele Doveri has been handed Napoli-Inter.

The second leg of the semi-finals have arrived and Doveri will officiate the Partenopei for the 27th time, the team he has overseen the most so far in his career.

Napoli have won 15 out of their previous 26 matches with the 42-year-old at the helm, whilst Inter have been beaten six times and won seven in the 18 games with Doveri at the helm.

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Thursday February 27 2020
Serie A Week 26 referees

The referees for Serie A Week 26 have been announced and Marco Guida has been given Juventus-Inter at the Allianz Stadium on Sunday.

The 38-year-old is handed the task of leading the battle between the two title contenders behind the closed doors in Turin and both sides have a great record with Guida at the whistle.

Inter have won 12 of their 21 games with the match official from Pompei whilst Juventus have only lost once in their 18 matches under his surveillance.

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Tuesday February 25 2020
Europa League last 32 referees

Daniel Siebert will lead Inter and Ludogorets in an empty San Siro on Thursday, whilst Josè María Sánchez Martínez has been given KAA Gent-Roma.

UEFA have announced the referees for the return legs of the Europa League round of 32 and the experienced German Siebert will be given the match at San Siro.

The game will be played behind closed doors and the 35-year-old will lead the Nerazzurri for the first time.

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Thursday February 20 2020
Central Serie A VAR from 2020-21

A statement from the FIGC and AIA confirms that Serie A will have one centralised VAR room from the 2020-21 season.

This would be similar to the system adopted during the 2018 World Cup in Russia, whereas currently each VAR booth is separate and either in or just outside the stadium.

The VAR room will be based at the Coverciano training ground, the centre of Italy’s football formation where the national team prepares for games, coaches get their badges and referees go on educational courses.

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Tuesday February 18 2020
Europa League last 32 referees

UEFA have announced the referees for this week’s Europa League fixtures, where Georgi Kabakov will oversee Roma-Gent and Carlos del Cerro Grande will officiate Ludogorets-Inter.

The Giallorossi and the Nerazzurri prepare for their first legs in the last 32 of the Europa League this Thursday, when Inter travel to Bulgaria and Roma will host Belgian KAA Gent.

The Bulgarian match official Kabakov prepares to lead the teams out of the tunnel at the Olimpico this Thursday and will bring experience from the Champions League earlier this term.

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Saturday February 15 2020
Referees to wear black armband

Referees will wear a black armband this weekend in all levels of Italian football after 25-year-old official Loris Azzaro was killed in a car accident.

Azzaro had been on his way to the airport, where he’d fly out to officiate a match, when his car crashed at approximately 6am local time.

He was 25 years old and working as a State Police cadet, but also refereeing in his spare time.

The AIA (Italian Referees Association) announced today that all referees in Italian football will wear a black armband this weekend.

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Thursday February 13 2020
FIGC to 'intensify' use of VAR

FIGC are ready to “intensify” the use of VAR and the “on-field review” to help avoid “instrumental controversies” in Serie A, and opened for a future "challenge" rule.

The President Gabriele Gravina has delivered a message to the refereeing designator of the League Nicola Rizzoli, asking to evict “controversies that affect the image of our League”.

They have revealed that are also willing to open up for the implementation of a “challenge” rule by request from clubs in Serie A.

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