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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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Monday April 16 2018
Nicchi: Italian refs over Buffon

Refereeing chief Marcello Nicchi claims he would have sided with Michael Oliver if Gianluigi Buffon’s ‘threatening’ outburst happened in a Serie A game.

Buffon was sent off for excessive dissent towards Oliver after he took issue with the Englishman’s decision to award Real Madrid a stoppage-time penalty, which ultimately knocked Juventus out of the Champions League and sent Los Blancos into the semi-finals.

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Monday April 16 2018
‘Another Calciopoli if refs lose rights’

Refereeing chief Marcello Nicchi has warned that another Calciopoli could hit Italian football if officials lose their right to vote at the top of the game.

The Italian Referees’ Association (AIA) stands to lose its 2 percent voting allocation in the FIGC’s Federal Council, and Nicchi claimed it was an open door to more ‘meddling’ behind the scenes.

“To undermine the independence and impartiality of our referees could mean the start of a new Calciopoli,” he told Radio Anch’io Sport.

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Thursday April 5 2018
Fabbri for Roma-Fiorentina

Michael Fabbri will referee Fiorentina’s trip to Roma, as the officials for Week 31 are announced.

The Giallorossi are all-but out of the Champions League after last night’s 4-1 defeat to Barcelona, so now turn their attention to qualifying for the competition again.

It’s a tough test this weekend though as the Viola come to the Olimpico, and the AIA has announced that Fabbri will be the man in the middle, with Marco Guida on the VAR.

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Wednesday March 28 2018
Refs announced for Week 30

Staunch VAR supporter Paolo Mazzoleni has been confirmed as the referee for Saturday’s Serie A showdown between Juventus and Milan.

Mazzoleni gave an interview praising Serie A’s decision to implement VAR only a month ago, and his faith in the technology may have made him seem like a safe pair of hands for the big game in Turin.

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Sunday March 18 2018
Lazio fans: 'Respect or war'

Lazio fans are staging a protest against referees who are “ridiculous and in bad faith” and pledged they will have “respect or war.”

The Aquile have been on the end of a series of contentious decisions this season, even with the use – or non-use of VAR technology.

This prompted a sit-in with hundreds of fans in the streets of Rome, while the ultras will enter the Curva Nord only 15 minutes into tonight’s game against Bologna.

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Thursday March 15 2018
Week 29 referees announced

The referees have been announced for Week 29 of Serie A, with Paolo Tagliavento assigned to Sampdoria-Inter.

The Nerazzurri travel to Genoa to take on Marco Giampaolo’s side in Sunday’s early kick-off, as they look to continue their Champions League push.

Today the AIA has announced the officials for Week 29, and Tagliamento will be the man in the middle at Marassi.

Elsewhere, Fabrizio Pasqua will take charge as Napoli welcome Genoa, while Davide Massa will run the rule over Juventus’ trip to Spal.

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Tuesday March 13 2018
Tare: ‘Serie A is distorted!’

Lazio sporting director Igli Tare hits out at referees - “we no longer know where the line is between mistakes and bad faith…”

The Biancocelesti have repeatedly been infuriated by the officiating this season, and the issue came up again after Ciro Immobile was denied a penalty against Cagliari.

“Enough now!” Tare fumed in an interview with Corriere dello Sport.

“On Sunday in Cagliari there was a double penalty on Immobile, but for [Marco] Guida he dived and he booked him for his protestations.

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