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Sunday June 7 2020
Collina: 'Rules clarified, not modified'

Pierluigi Collina explains the updated IFAB guidelines on handball and offside are ‘not modifications, but clarification’ and why referees must use the on-field monitor.

The sport is changing after the COVID-19 lockdown, with five substitutions allowed rather than three to combat fatigue in the heat of summer, while the IFAB has updated its guidelines on handling offences.

“It’s not exactly that the rules have been modified, but rather they are clarified,” Collina told the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

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Wednesday May 20 2020
Only in Serie A: Cassano loses it

Even teammates were shocked when Antonio Cassano pulled off his Sampdoria shirt, threw it at referee Nicola Pierpaoli and then threatened to ‘meet him outside’...

Words: Martin Mork

Antonio Cassano scored the equaliser against Torino in the 52nd minute with a neat finish and celebrated in eccentric fashion, kicking away the corner flag in joy. Referee Nicola Pierpaoli had no other option, he gave the Sampdoria forward his seventh yellow card of the season.

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Saturday April 11 2020
Only in Serie A: 'It was all Roberto Baggio's fault'

Carlo Mazzone erupted with joy, rage, passionate celebration and revenge. Martin Mork recalls him running the length of the pitch to confront Atalanta fans when Brescia equalised in the derby.

On September 30, 2001, Brescia trail local rivals Atalanta by one goal in the first minute of stoppage time. The stadium holds its breath as Roberto Baggio stands over the ball, on a hat-trick and with the opportunity to swing it into the box from a free kick at the edge of the area.

Brescia’s No 10 hooks the ball beautifully towards goal, looking for a teammate to get a head on it. But the ball skirts everyone along the way and settles in the bottom corner of the goal, behind a feeble Massimo Taibi: 3-3!

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Thursday February 13 2020
Collina: 'Goal is to not need VAR'

Former referee Pierluigi Collina has claimed that the match officials must make decisions “as if VAR didn’t exist” and said it should work like a “parachute”.

The chief refereeing commissioner for FIFA turns 60 today and spoke to the Gazzetta dello Sport about the purpose of the new technology.

“The referee must decide as if the technology didn’t exist,” Collina told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “The goal is to not need VAR because the decisions are correct and that’s why we work through the preparation.

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Saturday November 30 2019
The return of bitter Brescia-Atalanta

Brescia and Atalanta meet today in the Lombardy Derby for the first time since 2006 in what is one of Italy’s fiercest local rivalries, best remembered for Carlo Mazzone's run.

The two cities of Bergamo and Brescia are only 52km apart, yet the two Milanese giants in the Lombardy region overshadow both.

In historical terms, the rivalry began in the 12th century, when land in Brescia was bought by the city of Bergamo, and was then later returned to Brescia by Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa, starting the animosity between the cities.

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Thursday October 10 2019
Collina: 'VAR increases excitement'

Pierluigi Collina admits the process has to speed up, but insists VAR “increases the level of excitement” in football rather dampen celebrations.

The former referee is now chief refereeing commissioner for FIFA and spoke at the Festival dello Sport event in Trento.

“Even if it feels like VAR has been around forever, it was only thought up five years ago. In principle, it was meant to be a simple visual aid for the referee.

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Sunday October 14 2018
Collina: No VAR for Coaches

Former referee and ex-UEFA chief Pierluigi Collina insists VAR must remain at the discretion of match officials and not Coaches.

There have been increasing calls for VAR to be reformed, with its application coming under fire in Serie A this season, but Collina made it clear football was a unique case compared to other sports.

“We can’t consider giving Coaches the chance to consult the VAR like in other sports,” he said from the Festival of Sport in Trento.

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Wednesday August 15 2018
Collina: Why I left UEFA…

Pierluigi Collina insists he left UEFA ‘because it was time for a change’, despite suggesting the Champions League was wrong not to utilise VAR.

Collina stepped down from his role as UEFA’s chief refereeing officer at the start of August, and the 58-year-old explained his reasoning to Gazzetta dello Sport.

“It was simply my choice because it was time for a change,” he told the newspaper.

“Did someone ask me to resign? On the contrary, UEFA asked me to reevaluate my decision and change my mind.

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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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Monday May 28 2018
Collina: ‘Oliver was right’

UEFA referee designator Pierluigi Collina insists Real Madrid’s penalty against Juventus was “correctly given” by Michael Oliver.

The Bianconeri were incensed when the English official pointed to the spot in the last minute of their Champions League quarter-final second leg, with the tie poised at 3-3 on aggregate.

Gianluigi Buffon was sent off, and later claimed the referee didn’t have the experience to cope with a game of that magnitude.

“It was a penalty correctly given,” Collina told the Daily Telegraph.

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