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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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Wednesday April 18 2018
Marotta: 'Pogba and Morata mirages'

Juventus director Beppe Marotta spoke of a Crotone “minefield” and the “mirage” of seeing Paul Pogba and Alvaro Morata return.

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“This match is a potential minefield and we have everything to lose. We’ve already seen us have difficult trips recently to SPAL and Benevento,” Marotta told Mediaset Premium.

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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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Tuesday April 17 2018
Malago': 'Buffon reaction partisan'

CONI President Giovanni Malagò is in favour of VAR in the Champions League, but warns the reaction to Gigi Buffon’s comments were “too partisan.”

The controversy over the last-gasp penalty awarded to Real Madrid in the quarter-final continues to rumble on, particularly with regards to the Juventus captain.

“I think his comments were evaluated in a manner that was too partisan, both on one side and the other,” said Italian Olympic Committee chief Malagò.

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Saturday April 14 2018
Gattuso: 'I was worse than Buffon'

Gennaro Gattuso concedes he is “frankly the last person who can talk” about Gigi Buffon’s furious reaction in Real Madrid-Juventus.

What was probably the final act of the goalkeeper’s Champions League career saw him sent off for dissent in stoppages of the quarter-final.

Buffon later lambasted referee Michael Oliver for “assassinating dreams” and not handling the pressure of the situation.

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Saturday April 14 2018
Giampaolo: 'Extraordinary Samp'

Sampdoria Coach Marco Giampaolo wants something “extraordinary” against Juventus, but understands Gigi Buffon’s frustration in Madrid.

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“On paper, this game is impossible. Juventus lost their last match against us in Genoa, then put together 16 wins with four goals conceded,” said Giampaolo in his Press conference.

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Friday April 13 2018
ADL sides with Agnelli

Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis agrees with Juventus that Pierluigi Collina is damaging Italian clubs. “He’s also thrown us out of European competitions.”

Juve Pesident Andrea Agnelli accused UEFA designator Collina of ‘vanity’ and ‘scientifically’ damaging Serie A sides in Europe after the Old Lady’s bad experience against Real Madrid, while calling for VAR to be implemented in the Champions League.

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Wednesday April 11 2018
Agnelli: 'UEFA penalise Italian clubs'

Juventus President Andrea Agnelli accused UEFA designator Pierluigi Collina of “vanity” and “scientifically" damaging Italian clubs in Europe.

The Bianconeri won 3-1 in Madrid, but went out of the Champions League quarter-finals 4-3 on aggregate to a last-gasp Cristiano Ronaldo penalty.

While at first it might look like a stonewall penalty, from the camera behind the goal, it’s visible that Medhi Benatia got the ball.

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Monday April 9 2018
‘VAR has made 16-18 errors’

VAR has made ’16-18’ errors in Serie A this season, according to referee designator Nicola Rizzoli.

VAR was introduced to the Italian top flight at the beginning of the season, but the technology has only caused confusion over when it is consulted and how the footage is interpreted.

“Barring this matchday, in which I hope there haven’t been any, [VAR] has made 16-18 errors throughout the season,” Rizzoli told Sky Sport Italia.

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Friday April 6 2018
Ferrero: Refs our ‘crown jewels’

Sampdoria owner Massimo Ferrero claims referees are Italian football’s ‘crown jewels’, who must be ‘supported, not intimidated’.

It comes after Lazio fans filed a class action lawsuit against Marco Di Bello and Piero Giacomelli, while envelopes containing bullets were addressed to Italian head of referees Marcello Nicchi and VAR chief Nicola Rizzoli.

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