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Wednesday December 4 2019
VAR for Italy WC qualifiers

Italy are set to contest their qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup with VAR after UEFA agreed to adopt the technology in principle.

Serie A was one of the first European Leagues to implement VAR in 2017, while it has already been used in international football - at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

UEFA has been hesitant to use the system, only introducing it at club level in the second half of last season.

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Wednesday December 4 2019
VAR a mess, admits Ceferin

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has confessed that he isn’t a fan of VAR, calling it “a mess”.

Video assistant referees have been gradually introduced to football over the last few years, but Ceferin admits he doesn’t like the technology.

“It is a mess. I don’t think the tolerance or one or two centimeters for offside, for example, is enough,” he told The Mirror.

“We will propose a change to IFAB. And also for our referees.

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Tuesday December 3 2019
Rocchi hits back at Ancelotti

Gianluca Rocchi has hit back at Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti for suggesting VARs officiated Serie A games rather than the referees themselves.

Ancelotti cut a frustrated figure at the recent VAR meeting in Rome as it came just weeks after Napoli drew 2-2 with Atalanta, despite the technology not being consulted over a blatant penalty call.

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Wednesday November 20 2019
Nicchi: 'More VAR transparency'

Referees chief Marcello Nicchi has pledged to create a point of contact, which allows the most controversial VAR calls in Serie A to be “reported daily”.

Coaches, captains and referees met yesterday to discuss the use of VAR in the Italian top flight, and Nicchi assured there would be more transparency about the decisions being made.

“We want to quickly set up tools so there can be daily and weekly reports,” the AIA President said after the summit.

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Tuesday November 19 2019
Serie B all set for VAR

VAR will be rolled out to Serie B from next season after clubs voted unanimously for its application.

VAR has already been used in the second tier, in last season’s promotion playoffs and relegation playouts.

Today, 19 of the 20 teams currently competing in Serie B voted in favour of it being utilised full time as of the 2020-21 campaign.

For now, it is expected to be used offline for 2-3 games this term before being installed properly for the playoffs and playouts.

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Monday November 18 2019
Gravina: 'Greater VAR transparency'

FIGC President Gabriele Gravina urges greater transparency between referees, players and coaches regarding VAR decisions. "It would ease tension."

The President was speaking at an event for the Italian press agency, where he discussed a number of topics, chief among them referees, VAR and the controversy over confusing handball rules.

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Wednesday November 13 2019
Clubs & refs to meet for VAR

Players and coaches will meet referees on November 19 to scrutinise the performance of VAR in Serie A.

The meeting was confirmed by FIGC President Gabriele Gravina on Tuesday, which he and referee designator Nicola Rizzoli will chair at a hotel in Rome.

Also attending will be match officials, coaches and captains of Serie A clubs, plus members of the Press.

It comes after some controversial incidents involving VAR this season, thus making a summit necessary to help foster some clarity on how the technology is used.

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Saturday November 2 2019
Insigne: 'Napoli apologise to fans'

Lorenzo Insigne apologised to Napoli fans after their 2-1 defeat to Roma. “We know that we can do better,” but continued to protest VAR decisions.

The Partenopei are sliding further away from the top spots and even the Champions League places with a run of poor results.

“We apologise to the fans, as we know that we can do better, but sometimes there are incidents like the ones on Wednesday that influence us,” Insigne told Radio Kiss Kiss.

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Saturday November 2 2019
VAR 'lacks clear protocols'

Retired referee Paolo Casarin and former FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio claim VAR is being misused because there are “no clear protocols.”

The technology has caused a great deal of controversy, most recently with several incidents on Wednesday night, infuriating Napoli, Roma and Genoa.

“The referees have the power to make decisions, they have to use VAR, it’s an instrument that is there to help them,” Tavecchio told Radio Punto Nuovo.

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Friday November 1 2019
Conte: 'Lost confidence in VAR'

Inter boss Antonio Conte admits he has lost “confidence” in VAR this season but insists the technology is still ‘important” for football.

VAR was completely ignored for flash points in Napoli-Atalanta and Roma-Napoli midweek, while some felt it could have been used before Juventus’ match-winning penalty against Genoa on Wednesday.

"It is not being used in the same way by everyone," Conte said at a Press conference.

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