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Wednesday July 3 2019
Refs could explain decisions

Referees Association President Marcello Nicchi suggests officials could explain their decisions after games and club Presidents could watch matches together in the VAR booth.

The introduction of the new technology has provided a few teething problems, particularly during the Copa America and Women’s World Cup, although Serie A is already getting accustomed to it.

Discussing plans for the 2019-20 campaign, Nicchi had some suggestions for the future.

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Wednesday July 3 2019
Confirmed: Serie A 19-20 referees

The referees for the 2019-20 Serie A campaign are confirmed, with Luca Banti and Paolo Mazzoleni dropped due to their age.

Banti [pictured] and Mazzoleni have reached the end of their officiating careers in Italy as both men turned 45 last season.

The former was criticised for his performance during May’s Coppa Italia Final between Atalanta and Lazio.

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Thursday May 23 2019
'Little to change about VAR'

Referees chief Marcello Nicchi has insisted that ‘there’s little to change’ about VAR after a ‘very positive’ season of its use in Serie A.

VAR has arguably come under scrutiny more in its second campaign, with a director for Italy’s state broadcaster even claiming Juventus were in ‘control’ of the technology.

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Thursday May 23 2019
Serie A Week 38 referees

The referees for Serie A Week 38 have been announced, with Daniele Orsato handed the relegation playout between Fiorentina and Genoa.

The two sides will be playing to stay up on Sunday, with Genoa in 18th place and Fiorentina only three points above the Grifone.

The two sides are kicking off at the same time as fellow relegation rivals Empoli, whose game against Inter will be officiated by Luca Banti.

The teams up for Champions League qualification will also be playing on Sunday evening.

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Monday May 20 2019
Rizzoli: 'VAR enhances credibility'

Referee designator Nicola Rizzoli thought it was a good season for Serie A officials. “The credibility of the beautiful game can be enhanced by technology.”

The 47-year-old former ref spoke at the Italian Football Hall of Fame Awards being held in Florence.

“We are working with both the league and the AIA (Italian Referee Association) to try and make VAR as clear and transparent as possible.

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Thursday May 16 2019
Serie A Week 37 referees

The referees for Serie A Week 37 have been announced, with Daniele Doveri given the top-three tussle between Napoli and Inter.

Napoli are the team who have won the most under Doveri in Serie A (13), whereas the official has overseen just four Inter victories from a possible 14.

Elsewhere, Gianluca Rocchi is handed Juventus-Atalanta, Milan’s visit of Frosinone will be at the discretion of Gianluca Manganiello and Fabio Maresca is the man in the middle for Roma’s trip to Sassuolo.

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Thursday May 9 2019
Serie A Week 36 referees

The referees for Serie A Week 36 have been announced as Davide Massa is handed the clash between Roma and Juventus.

This is the second time a Roma-Juve game has been officiated this season by Massa following the Old Lady’s 1-0 victory over the Giallorossi in December.

Elsewhere, Massimiliano Irrati will oversee Atalanta’s visit of Genoa and Maurizio Mariani will take care of Milan’s trip to Fiorentina.

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Thursday May 2 2019
Serie A Week 35 referees

The referees for Serie A Week 35 have been announced, with Daniele Orsato given Friday’s Derby della Mole between Juventus and Torino.

The match has been brought forward so it does not clash with the 70th anniversary of the Superga air disaster.

This time last year, Orsato reportedly received police protection after he drew controversy for his handling of Juve’s 3-2 win against Inter in the Derby d’Italia.

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Friday April 26 2019
Serie A Week 34 referees

The referees for Serie A Week 34 have been announced, with Luca Banti given the Derby d’Italia between Inter and Juventus.

Banti has yet to officiate an Inter game this season, while his record with Juve is a win for the Bianconeri and a draw.

Elsewhere, Federico La Penna is handed Napoli’s trip to Frosinone, Gianluca Manganiello is the man in the middle for Roma’s visit of Cagliari and Torino-Milan is assigned to Marco Guida.

Serie A Week 34 referees

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Thursday April 18 2019
Serie A Week 33 referees

The referees for Serie A’s Week 33 fixtures are announced as Marco Guida will take charge of Inter-Roma.

No games are being played this Sunday due to it being Easter weekend, so there are nine games on Saturday, with Napoli’s visit of Atalanta scheduled for Monday due to their Europa League commitments this evening.

Guida has already officiated the Derby della Mole between Juventus and Torino this season, as well as the Milan derby and Roma’s trip to San Siro in August for their match against the Rossoneri.

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