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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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Friday September 28 2018
Serie A Week 7 referees

Luca Banti has been selected as the referee for Saturday’s Serie A showdown between Juventus and Napoli.

Banti was also in charge when Napoli beat Lazio 2-1 on the opening day of the season.

Elsewhere, Gianluca Rocchi takes the Derby della Capitale between Roma and Lazio, Davide Massa will officiate Inter’s visit of Cagliari and Milan’s trip to Sassuolo will be overseen by Piero Giacomelli.

Serie A Week 7 referees:

Bologna-Udinese: Manganiello

Chievo-Torino: Guida

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Monday September 24 2018
Serie A Week 6 referees

The referees for Serie A Week 6 are announced as Paolo Mazzoleni will take charge of Tuesday’s clash between Inter and Fiorentina.

Week 6 is a midweek round, with matches scattered over Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Elsewhere, Daniele Doveri will oversee Napoli’s visit of Parma, Michael Fabbri will officiate Milan’s trip to Empoli and Maurizio Mariani is given Juventus-Bologna.

Finally, Marco Di Bello is entrusted with Roma’s must-win against nearby Frosinone on Wednesday.

Serie A Week 6 referees:

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Wednesday August 1 2018
Collina vacates UEFA role

Legendary match official Pierluigi Collina has stepped down from his role as UEFA’s chief refereeing officer.

A statement released by UEFA confirms Collina has vacated the position for ‘personal reasons’ after eight years in the role.

Paying tribute to the Italian, the governing body wrote in its Press release: “In that time, he has achieved major advances in the professional handling of referees and overseen, among other important features, the establishment of the Centre of Refereeing Excellence (CORE).

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Saturday June 30 2018
VAR goes 3D in Serie A

There will be 3D technology used to make VAR more effective on offside rulings in Serie A from the 2018-19 season.

The introduction of Video Assistant Referees already cut the number of errors seen in Serie A last term, but there is always room for improvement.

“In technical terms, we will have 3D technology and make the issue of offside even more precise, as a few centimetres had caused a few problems in the past,” announced Serie A refereeing designator Nicola Rizzoli in a Press conference.

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Tuesday May 29 2018
‘VAR eliminates errors, not controversy’

Referee designator Nicola Rizzoli says the objective of VAR ‘isn’t to eliminate controversy but rather the big and glaring errors’.

VAR debuted to a mixed reception in Serie A over the past season, with Rizzoli admitting the technology had made 16-18 mistakes, but the 46-year-old insisted it would be wrong for polemics to be removed from Italian football.

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Sunday May 13 2018
The verdict on VAR

After a season of the new technology in Serie A, controversy might not have been reduced, but errors and doubters certainly have, writes Daryl Hammond.

The most recent Derby d’Italia between Juventus and Inter was a gleaming endorsement for Serie A. It showcased its goals, its drama, but also opened a window into the strength and foibles of Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR), as its use saw goals disallowed and players sent off.

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Tuesday May 8 2018
Mattarella: 'Italian refs the best'

President of Italy Sergio Mattarella advised Juventus and Milan ahead of the Coppa Italia Final and said “our referees are the best in the world.”

The Final kicks off in Rome on Wednesday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT), so both teams visited the Quirinale palace today.

References to the tense political situation in Italy were inevitable after the various parties failed to reach an agreement on a coalition government, meaning there could be new elections.

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Sunday May 6 2018
Napoli protest against referees

Napoli fans are staging several protests against refereeing and Juventus, including a Spanish-style ‘Panolada’ before kick-off with Torino.

The Scudetto is practically in the hands of the Bianconeri, especially after last night’s 3-1 victory over Bologna.

That too caused controversy, as some argue Daniele Rugani should’ve been sent off for a penalty foul rather than just booked and Sami Khedira’s goal was affected by a push on Cheick Keita.

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