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Tuesday March 28 2017
Deulofeu star of the show for Spain

Milan winger Gerard Deulofeu made a spectacular return to the Spain squad, winning a penalty and scoring in their 2-0 victory over France.

Click here for the full match report on our sister site Football Espana.

He had just one previous cap at senior level, playing 11 minutes against Bolivia in a May 2014 friendly.

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Saturday February 18 2017
Serie A 'ready for VAR'

The FIGC announced it is ready to implement VAR technology in Serie A from September if given the all-clear by FIFA.

Video Assistant Referees involve two officials checking footage for serious incidents such as penalties, goals and red cards, communicating with the referee via an audio link.

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Monday February 13 2017
The endless fight

After the Derby d’Italia fallout, Richard Hall looks at Italy’s uneasy relationship with the referee.

It’s a week since the Derby D’Italia and still the dust has not settled. The game saw some controversial decisions from referee Nicola Rizzoli and an old feud was brought once again to the fore. As the debate rattles endlessly on, it is certainly nothing new. The rivalry has been there for some time now, the weekend’s accusations from both sides are loaded with history.

What’s more important is that the standard of refereeing has been poor yet again and it is this issue that should be taking centre stage.

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Tuesday December 20 2016
‘VAR for Muntari ghost goal’

Italy boss Giampiero Ventura claims video assistance would have given Sulley Muntari’s ‘ghost goal’ against Juventus and “changed Serie A history”.

Muntari’s header during Milan’s 1-1 draw with Juve in February 2012 was disallowed, despite the ball crossing the line by a foot.

The Bianconeri went on to pip the Diavolo to the Scudetto by four points that season, and Ventura found the incident a perfect justification for VAR.

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Monday December 19 2016
Ventura: ‘Best Italy yet to come’

Giampiero Ventura wants to “go to the World Cup and win it” and promises his best Italy is “yet to come”.

The Azzurri are joint-top of Group G as they seek to win a place in Russia, but will have to beat Spain to top-spot if they’re to get there automatically.

“I hope Italy can go to the World Cup and win it,” Ventura told reporters at Coverciano today.

“That’s our goal and we hope to achieve it with a group of players who are not just passing through, but who will become a bedrock for the future.

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NEWS
Tuesday November 15 2016
VAR test in Italy-Germany

Tonight’s friendly between Italy and Germany will be another opportunity to test VAR – Video Assistant Referee – technology.

It kicks off at San Siro at 19.45 GMT.

There have been several European experiments for this new technology, the first of which was in Italy’s friendly against France back in August.

This system has two referees in a truck or special room within the stadium grounds viewing the video replays and should in theory then communicate with the official via radio.

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Friday September 2 2016
Infantino: VAR a historic moment

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has hailed use of video replays in Italy’s 3-1 defeat to France as “a new page in the history of this sport”.

VAR was trialled in the Bari friendly for the first time ever, and Infantino believes the technology was a resounding success as he looked to the 2018 World Cup as a potential competition where it made its official bow.

“Last night, a new page in the history of this sport was written,” he was quoted as saying by La Reppublica.

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Thursday September 1 2016
Busacca: 'Historic day for referees'

Head of FIFA Refereeing Massimo Busacca is ready for “an historic day” as VAR technology is tested tonight in Italy-France.

The international friendly kicks off at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT), follow the action on our LIVEBLOG.

This will be the first ever test of VAR (Video Assistant Referees) at the Stadio San Nicola in Bari.

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Friday August 26 2016
Italy-France hosts first VAR test

Video Assistant Referees will be tested for the first time in the Italy v France friendly in Bari on September 1.

The new technology has entered the experimental phase and Italy volunteered to have offline tests during the next two seasons.

It is now confirmed the first use of FIFA VAR will be at the Stadio San Nicola in Bari, when Italy host France in a friendly on September 1.

This means the assistant referees viewing video images will be in communication with the referee, without interrupting the game for replays.

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