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Monday January 15 2018
Rizzoli: ‘VAR positive so far’

Nicola Rizzoli admits “a few mistakes have been made” with VAR but “so far the results have been positive”.

The referee designator has been overseeing the introduction of the technology this season, and he spoke after a meeting with Coaches today.

“We’re improving day after day,” Rizzoli insisted in a Press conference.

“The referees have worked well and even if there wasn’t much experience at the start of the season, things are getting better.

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Monday January 15 2018
Inzaghi: Against VAR, but…

Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi is ‘against’ video assistant referees but accepts “it’s right to go on with them because they can bring about benefits.”

Inzaghi has regularly criticised VAR this season, claiming they have deprived Lazio of seven points and that they take the emotion out of football.

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Sunday January 14 2018
Capello: 'Coaches in VAR booth'

Fabio Capello believes VAR can be improved by “putting a Coach next to the officials in the booth, so there’s a more complete view.”

The new technology was introduced in Serie A from this season and has provided mixed results, as Coaches complained that there is a lack of consistency in the way incidents are treated.

“In order to improve the use of this technology, I’d put a Coach next to the VAR officials in the booth, so there’s a more complete view,” Capello told Tuttosport.

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Tuesday January 9 2018
Nicchi defends VAR

The head of the Italian referees’ association, Marcello Nicchi, defends VAR - “out of 900 incidents, five mistakes have been made”.

Serie A adopted Video Assistant Referees for this season, and while there have been cases of decisions being correctly changed, it hasn’t ended controversy surrounding officials.

“Out of 900 incidents, five mistakes have been made,” Nicchi insisted, speaking on Radio Crc.

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Saturday January 6 2018
Allegri: 'Cagliari deserved more'

Max Allegri admits Cagliari “didn’t deserve to lose, but people have to accept the referee’s decision” after a controversial Juventus victory.

The Bianconeri remain within a point of leaders Napoli and extend their lead from third-placed Inter to eight points thanks to a Federico Bernardeschi tap-in.

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Saturday January 6 2018
Giulini: 'If they want big clubs to win...'

Cagliari President Tommaso Giulini felt it “incredible” they weren’t awarded a penalty against Juventus. “If they want a League where the big clubs always win…”

The 1-0 home defeat was decided by two incidents, as Federico Bernardeschi scored when Leonardo Pavoletti was down following an elbow in the face by Medhi Benatia.

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Wednesday January 3 2018
Lombardo: 'What did referee see?'

Sinisa Mihajlovic refused to speak to the media, so Torino assistant manager Attilio Lombardo hit out at the controversial Juventus goal.

Douglas Costa hit a fierce half-volley into the top corner and Wojciech Szczesny was rarely tested in the 2-0 Coppa Italia Quarter-Final defeat, but the second goal caused a great deal of confusion.

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Wednesday January 3 2018
Coppa: Juve beat Toro amid controversy

Juventus beat Torino 2-0 with Douglas Costa and a very controversial Mario Mandzukic goal to set up a Coppa Italia Semi-Final with Atalanta.

The other showdown for the Final will be between Milan and Lazio on January 31 and February 28.

Both sides had numerous injury problems, as Gigi Buffon, Mattia De Sciglio, Benedikt Howedes and Juan Cuadrado missed out for the hosts, who used Mario Mandzukic as a centre-forward. Toro had to do without Andrea Belotti, Adem Ljajic, Cristian Ansaldi, Lyanco, Antonio Barreca and Simone Edera.

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Saturday December 30 2017
Inzaghi: 'VAR cost Lazio seven points'

Simone Inzaghi was frustrated after Lazio’s 0-0 draw with Inter. “Without VAR, we would’ve had an extra seven points. I don’t enjoy it.”

The Aquile had already raged against this technology several times this season and this evening they were awarded a penalty, which was then rescinded.

As the ball ricocheted off Milan Skriniar’s leg on to his arm, it cannot be considered voluntary handball.

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Saturday December 30 2017
Vrenna: 'Penalty snub scandalous'

Crotone director general Raffaele Vrenna said the decision not to award a penalty against Napoli was “scandalous” in their 1-0 defeat.

Last night, a Marek Hamsik goal proved the difference at the Stadio Scida.

However, on 65 minutes there was a controversial incident when a corner struck Dries Mertens on the arm. Although his arm was flush with his torso, he also seemed to lean and move the arm towards the ball.

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