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Monday August 26 2019
Casarin: 'VAR not reflecting offside spirit'

Former referee Paolo Casarin is “a supporter of VAR, but offside checks have become a ‘competition’ and don’t reflect the spirit of the rules.”

VAR was already introduced in Serie A last season, but is now spreading to all the top five Leagues and Champions League, leading to increasing frustration from fans and players.

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Monday August 26 2019
'Mertens situation can't happen again'

Referee designator Nicola Rizzoli has warned Serie A officials that the Dries Mertens controversy during Fiorentina-Napoli ‘can’t happen again’.

Mertens was awarded a debatable penalty at the Artemio Franchi on Saturday, with the VAR opting not to intervene despite the Napoli forward appearing to dive.

“There was something which didn’t work in the collaboration between the referee and VAR,” Rizzoli told reporters.

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Tuesday August 13 2019
Rocchi: 'VAR is a safety net'

Gianluca Rocchi warned VAR should be used as “a safety net for officials, but the referee must always make the decision.”

The technology was introduced in Serie A two years ago, while it is now also in the Premier League and the Champions League knockout stages.

“If I’d had VAR in my day, I would’ve avoided many sleepless nights,” confessed experienced referee Rocchi to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Saturday July 6 2019
'VAR helps repair injustice'

Serie A begins its third season with VAR, as Nicola Rizzoli and Gianluca Rocchi explain it should be used to “help repair injustice, not do the refereeing for them.”

The technology was used in the latter stages of the Champions League, then in the World Cup, Copa America and Women’s World Cup, prompting irritation and confusion from many fans and pundits.

Italian football was the first to introduce VAR as standard in its top flight and 2019-20 will be the third campaign with this system.

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Wednesday July 3 2019
Refs could explain decisions

Referees Association President Marcello Nicchi suggests officials could explain their decisions after games and club Presidents could watch matches together in the VAR booth.

The introduction of the new technology has provided a few teething problems, particularly during the Copa America and Women’s World Cup, although Serie A is already getting accustomed to it.

Discussing plans for the 2019-20 campaign, Nicchi had some suggestions for the future.

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Thursday May 23 2019
'Little to change about VAR'

Referees chief Marcello Nicchi has insisted that ‘there’s little to change’ about VAR after a ‘very positive’ season of its use in Serie A.

VAR has arguably come under scrutiny more in its second campaign, with a director for Italy’s state broadcaster even claiming Juventus were in ‘control’ of the technology.

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Monday May 20 2019
Rizzoli: 'VAR enhances credibility'

Referee designator Nicola Rizzoli thought it was a good season for Serie A officials. “The credibility of the beautiful game can be enhanced by technology.”

The 47-year-old former ref spoke at the Italian Football Hall of Fame Awards being held in Florence.

“We are working with both the league and the AIA (Italian Referee Association) to try and make VAR as clear and transparent as possible.

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Wednesday May 15 2019
Gasperini: 'Scandalous refereeing!'

Gian Piero Gasperini deemed the rejected penalty appeal in the Coppa Italia Final with Lazio “completely unacceptable. It shows no respect at all for Atalanta fans.”

The match ended 2-0 with late goals from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Joaquin Correa.

“These Finals are always on a knife edge and we had this big chance in the first half, hit the woodwork twice, but that’s the way it went and they scored first," the Coach told Rai Sport.

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Sunday May 5 2019
Ancelotti: 'Courageous Insigne'

Carlo Ancelotti admits Cagliari had reason to be angry at the decisive penalty, but praised “courageous” Lorenzo Insigne for converting the Napoli winner.

The Sardinians were furious after the game, insisting the stoppage-time penalty for handball millimetres on the line was not a clear and obvious error worthy of VAR intervention.

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Sunday May 5 2019
Cagliari: 'Making VAR a joke!'

Cagliari director Marcello Carli was absolutely furious after Napoli were awarded a controversial last-gasp penalty. “They’re turning VAR into a joke.”

The Sardinians had taken the lead through Leonardo Pavoletti, then a Dries Mertens header equalised, but deep into stoppages a penalty was awarded for Fabrizio Cacciatore’s handling offence right on the outside line of the area.

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