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Wednesday November 13 2019
Clubs & refs to meet for VAR

Players and coaches will meet referees on November 19 to scrutinise the performance of VAR in Serie A.

The meeting was confirmed by FIGC President Gabriele Gravina on Tuesday, which he and referee designator Nicola Rizzoli will chair at a hotel in Rome.

Also attending will be match officials, coaches and captains of Serie A clubs, plus members of the Press.

It comes after some controversial incidents involving VAR this season, thus making a summit necessary to help foster some clarity on how the technology is used.

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Thursday November 7 2019
Serie A Week 12 referees

The referees for Serie A Week 12 have been announced, with Fabio Maresca given Juventus-Milan on Sunday.

The 38-year-old has been card-happy of late, pulling out red cards in each of his last two League matches.

He will be officiating Milan for the first time this season, although they have never lost when he has been referee.

The VAR at Allianz Stadium will be 45-year-old Paolo Mazzoleni.

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Tuesday November 5 2019
Serie A applies for five subs

The FIGC has officially applied for Serie A clubs to be awarded five substitutions in matches.

Serie A sides are currently entitled to use up to three of their 12 subs during League games, but that could be about to change.

As per ANSA, FIGC President Gabriele Gravina has sent an application to the International Football Association Board (IFAB), asking for an increase.

IFAB, not FIFA, is the governing body that controls the Laws of the Game in the sport of association football.

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NEWS
Saturday November 2 2019
VAR 'lacks clear protocols'

Retired referee Paolo Casarin and former FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio claim VAR is being misused because there are “no clear protocols.”

The technology has caused a great deal of controversy, most recently with several incidents on Wednesday night, infuriating Napoli, Roma and Genoa.

“The referees have the power to make decisions, they have to use VAR, it’s an instrument that is there to help them,” Tavecchio told Radio Punto Nuovo.

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Friday November 1 2019
Serie A Week 11 referees

The referees for Serie A Week 11 have been announced as Gianluca Rocchi is given the Derby della Sole between Roma and Napoli.

Card-happy Rocchi has already booked 26 players during five matches in Serie A this season, and he will be looking to keep the sparks to a minimum at the Olimpico this weekend.

Elsewhere, Daniele Doveri will officiate the Derby della Mole between Torino and Juventus.

Dover has already overseen the Granata twice this season and handed out three yellow cards during a goalless draw between them and Napoli last month.

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Wednesday October 30 2019
Refs ruin San Paolo spectacle

A wonderful game of football between Napoli and Atalanta was sadly overshadowed by yet more refereeing controversy, leaving Giancarlo Rinaldi to chew over the disappointment.

If anyone thought technology was going to cut away the controversy from Italian football, they were sorely mistaken. On a night that should have been about two of the brightest realities of Serie A, we ended up with our painfully-familiar query. To VAR or not to VAR?

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Wednesday October 30 2019
Ancelotti: Ref attacked my character

Carlo Ancelotti slammed referee Piero Giacomelli after Napoli’s 2-2 draw with Atalanta for sending him off without just cause. “I feel under attack...”

Ancelotti was sent straight down the tunnel by Giacomelli as tempers frayed towards the end of the match, when Napoli controversially had a penalty denied by VAR and Atalanta in turn were able to equalise.

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Wednesday October 30 2019
ADL: Refs have no respect!

A furious Aurelio De Laurentiis claims referees would be “peeling potatoes” if it was not for Serie A owners after Napoli’s controversial 2-2 draw with Atalanta.

Napoli were denied a penalty by VAR late on against Atalanta, who in turn equalised for a dramatic point, prompting De Laurentiis to take aim at the state of refereeing in Italy.

"I don’t think Rizzoli and Nicchi do their job well,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

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Monday October 28 2019
Serie A Week 10 referees

The referees for Serie A Week 10 have been announced as Piero Giacomelli oversee Napoli’s Champions League clash with Atalanta.

Although he has yet to referee any of the above this season, Giacomelli is well known to both clubs and Atalanta might need to be cautious as they are the team who have collected the most yellow cards from the 41-year-old, with 41 in 16 games so far.

Napoli have secured nine victories in 14 matches with Giacomelli at the whistle, whilst Atalanta are standing on a 50 percent win ratio with eight from a possible 16.

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Monday October 21 2019
'De Ligt handball never a penalty'

Referees chief Marcello Nicchi insists Matthijs de Ligt’s handball “was never a penalty” and urges fans to “stop coming to games” if they think otherwise.

De Ligt drew controversy during Juventus’ 2-1 win against Bologna on Saturday as his clear handball in the box went unpunished, but Nicchi made it clear both the referee and VAR had applied the rules correctly.

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