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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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Wednesday October 30 2019
Refs ruin San Paolo spectacle

A wonderful game of football between Napoli and Atalanta was sadly overshadowed by yet more refereeing controversy, leaving Giancarlo Rinaldi to chew over the disappointment.

If anyone thought technology was going to cut away the controversy from Italian football, they were sorely mistaken. On a night that should have been about two of the brightest realities of Serie A, we ended up with our painfully-familiar query. To VAR or not to VAR?

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NEWS
Monday October 28 2019
Commisso slams Lazio ‘scandal’

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Saturday October 26 2019
D'Aversa: 'Parma regret and pride'

Parma coach Roberto D’Aversa was torn between “regrets” at their 2-2 draw with Inter and satisfaction at achieving a point amid an injury crisis.

The Ducali had been 2-1 up at San Siro thanks to Yann Karamoh’s goal and assist for Gervinho, despite an early Antonio Candreva opener.

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Tuesday October 22 2019
Balotelli furious with Dessena injury

Mario Balotelli has expressed his fury after the VAR did not intervene before Brescia teammate Daniele Dessena was stretchered off.

Dessena was in tears as he left Brescia’s 0-0 draw with Fiorentina last night on a stretcher, risking a double break in the right leg he broke four years ago.

However, the incident came about after a collision with Erick Pulgar, who looked to catch his opponent’s ankle.

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Thursday October 17 2019
Rizzoli: 'Six errors with VAR'

Refereeing designator Nicola Rizzoli admits “the first two-three Serie A rounds were unsatisfactory,” including six errors despite using VAR.

Rizzoli spoke to Sky Sport Italia after the opening seven games of the season, which has seen a surge in penalties awarded for handball.

“The first two-three Serie A rounds were unsatisfactory in terms of refereeing performance, but then we got back on track. The change in the rules also created some difficulties for us in the early games.

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Thursday October 10 2019
Collina: 'VAR increases excitement'

Pierluigi Collina admits the process has to speed up, but insists VAR “increases the level of excitement” in football rather dampen celebrations.

The former referee is now chief refereeing commissioner for FIFA and spoke at the Festival dello Sport event in Trento.

“Even if it feels like VAR has been around forever, it was only thought up five years ago. In principle, it was meant to be a simple visual aid for the referee.

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Sunday September 8 2019
Casarin: 'Handball rule unreasonable'

Former referee Paolo Casarin blasted the new handball rules and increased use of VAR. “Reason is dying in football and the referee is being delegitimised, but we must stop play for racist abuse.”

The changes to the handball interpretation has to all intents and purposes ruled out the difference between a voluntary block and involuntary ricochet.

“I saw the penalty they gave against Matthijs de Ligt,” Casarin wrote in the Corriere dello Sport, referring to the Euro 2020 qualifier between the Netherlands and Germany.

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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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