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Thursday January 31 2019
Inzaghi: 'Handanovic saved everything'

Simone Inzaghi believes Lazio “should’ve beaten Inter even before extra time, but Samir Handanovic saved everything.”

It was a dramatic night at San Siro, as the Aquile eventually booked their place in the Coppa Italia semi-final against Milan through a penalty shoot-out.

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Sunday January 27 2019
Chievo vent fury at VAR 'inequality'

Chievo President Luca Campedelli was livid after the 4-3 defeat to Fiorentina. “What’s the point in VAR if you make decisions willy-nilly?”

The controversial loss saw Emanuele Giaccherini’s goal disallowed because Sergio Pellissier had a toe on the penalty area line when the goal kick was taken, then VAR was not consulted after Pellissier seemed to be barged over by German Pezzella for a spot-kick.

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Sunday January 27 2019
Fiorentina win seven-goal Chievo thriller

Fiorentina scraped an astonishing 4-3 victory away to Chievo when down to 10 men, as Alban Lafont saved Sergio Pellissier’s penalty and the hosts were furious with the referee.

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Wednesday January 23 2019
Serie A goes Info-VARs

Social media campaigns like #JuveOut serve only to obscure the real issues in Serie A, writes Gaby McKay.

Last week, following the Supercoppa between Juventus and Milan, the hashtag #JuveOut began trending in Italy.

The social media campaign appears to have been started by an Inter fan in the wake of the Bianconeri’s controversial win in Jeddah. “I’m trying to launch a hashtag which will serve to organise a widespread protest for a country which loves football and can no longer tolerate certain tricks: #JuveOut,” Interismo Cosmico wrote. “We ask Serie A to remove Juventus from our league”.

 

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Wednesday January 16 2019
Gattuso: 'Higuain did have a fever'

Gennaro Gattuso was irritated at officials after Milan lost the Supercoppa to Juventus and insisted Gonzalo Higuain had a fever, but wouldn’t discuss the Chelsea rumours.

Cristiano Ronaldo got the only goal in Jeddah with a glancing header, although Franck Kessie was later sent off via a VAR review for his stamp on Emre Can.

“We have to compliment the team, as I said in the Press conference we had to climb a mountain and we tried,” the Coach told Rai Sport.

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Sunday January 13 2019
De Zerbi doubts VAR call

Roberto De Zerbi is not convinced by the disallowed Sassuolo goal in a 2-0 Coppa Italia defeat to Napoli. “It’s difficult to judge.”

It was still 1-0 at the Stadio San Paolo when Manuel Locatelli found the back of the net, but the equaliser was revoked after a VAR review suggested handball in the build-up.

“It’s difficult to judge and referees can make mistakes too,” the Coach told Rai Sport.

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Saturday January 12 2019
Inzaghi: 'VAR rules must change'

Simone Inzaghi appreciated Lazio’s focus against Novara in the Coppa Italia, but had more complaints about VAR and rules on handball.

The Biancocelesti comfortably swept Serie C outfit Novara aside 4-1 to set up a quarter-final meeting with either Inter or Benevento.

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Saturday January 5 2019
Rai chief apologises to Juventus

New director of Rai 2, Carlo Freccero, has apologised to Juventus for claiming they “control all the VAR” and assured he was “joking.”

During his presentation Press conference as chief of the second biggest State-run television station in Italy, Freccero had made some remarkable comments that hit the headlines.

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Thursday January 3 2019
RAI chief: 'Juventus control VAR'

In a bizarre rant, new director of Rai 2 Carlo Freccero has accused Juventus of “occupying all of VAR” and “manoeuvring” the sport.

It was an unexpected turn of events during the presentation press conference of the man in charge of decision-making at the Italian equivalent of BBC2, a State-run broadcaster.

When asked if he would try to bring more football coverage back to RAI, who have the rights to the Coppa Italia and the Italian Super Cup, as well as some Champions League games, his response was unusual.

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Wednesday January 2 2019
Infantino: No going back from VAR

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino says there is no going back from VAR. “I wouldn’t abandon it for anything in the world.”

VAR is considered the next great innovation in world football after it was successfully rolled out in Serie A and at the 2018 World Cup, among other Leagues and competitions.

“The VAR was a winning experience, something that I wouldn’t abandon for anything in the world,” said Infantino at the Dubai International Sports Conference.

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