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Wednesday July 8 2020
Five subs to stay in Serie A?

Serie A is set to be given the option to stick with the rule permitting clubs to make five substitutions for another season.

The measure was introduced to help protect players after the coronavirus lockdown, given the inevitable onslaught of fixtures, but it was only expected to be temporary.

Now, The Athletic reports the International Football Association Board (IFAB) is set to grant an extension later this week, covering the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign.

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Tuesday July 7 2020
Increase in handballs since VAR

The penalties awarded for handballs have almost doubled in Serie A since introducing VAR, helping Italy set a new record, whilst other Leagues have cut down on their total tally of spot kicks.

This year we have already seen 152 penalties given in the top tier of Italian football and 46 (30.26 per cent) of them have been given for handball.

It matches last years average of 30.33 per cent and just beats the decisions made in 2017-18, the first year of VAR in Italy, when 24.6 per cent were awarded for handball.

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Sunday June 28 2020
Lazio looking at Serie A penalty record

Lazio are on the verge of equalling the record for most penalties in a single Serie A season, but there have been more spot-kicks this term in general too.

Ciro Immobile converted in last night’s 2-1 win over Fiorentina following a controversial decision based on Felipe Caicedo’s coming together with Bartlomiej Dragowski.

That was the 15th penalty Lazio have been awarded in Serie A this season, more than any other club.

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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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Saturday May 23 2020
Rizzoli: 'VAR when Serie A returns'

Refereeing designator Nicola Rizzoli assures Serie A will be able to count on VAR technology when the season resumes. ‘We made enormous efforts to secure everything.’

There were concerns that social distancing guidelines would scupper the use of the Video Assistant Referee system during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We made enormous efforts to secure everything and we will be able to resume by using technology,” Rizzoli told Rai Radio 1.

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Wednesday May 20 2020
Tagliavento: 'If I'd had VAR in my career...'

Former referee Paolo Tagliavento admits VAR would’ve allowed him to avoid ‘the five worst errors of my career,’ including the infamous Sulley Muntari phantom goal.

That incident was one of the main reasons why goal-line technology was introduced, as during a Scudetto showdown at San Siro in February 2012, Muntari’s shot for Milan was palmed away by Gigi Buffon, but only after it had crossed the Juventus line.

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Friday May 8 2020
Mazzoleni: 'Players were scared'

Referee Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni, a VAR during the Derby d’Italia between Juventus and Inter on March 8, reveals ‘the players seemed frightened’.

When Serie A works on the protocol to resume play, the match official claims the atmosphere during the game played behind closed doors felt ‘strange’.

“Working for the VAR, I oversaw the last Juventus-Inter match,” Mazzoleni told Radiosei. “On paper, it was a beautiful match, but it was a very strange situation. The players seemed frightened.

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Wednesday May 6 2020
Rizzoli explains Inter-Juve VAR controversy

Refereeing designator Nicola Rizzoli hit back at suggestions from a former FIGC prosecutor that VAR clips ‘disappeared’ from Inter-Juventus. ‘It never existed.’

The controversy erupted when former FIGC prosecutor Giuseppe Pecoraro revealed he had requested the audio of the conversation between referee Daniele Orsato and the VAR for Miralem Pjanic’s potential second yellow card offence, but that it was ‘missing’ from the file they received.

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Wednesday April 8 2020
IFAB clarify handball and VAR protocol

The IFAB has announced changes to the handball rule for the 2020-21 season and warned “where a reviewable incident is subjective, the expectation is that the referee will undertake an on-field review.”

The International Football Association Board released a statement with the main changes to the laws of the game and further clarification for incidents such as handball.

This caused a great deal of confusion and controversy this season, so there is specific explanation of the caveats surrounding ‘accidental’ handball.

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Tuesday April 7 2020
Nicchi: 'Serie A can resume without VAR'

President of the Referees’ Association Marcello Nicchi is looking forward to the day when Serie A can resume, even without VAR. “I hope after all this, people can realise the beauty of sport.”

The latest statistics from the Government suggest Italy has passed the peak of the coronavirus pandemic and is beginning the downward trajectory of the curve.

This means that the country can begin to prepare for the next phase, including the gradual reintroduction of Serie A football, albeit most likely behind closed doors.

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