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Tuesday April 9 2019
Prosecutor 'wants Mandzukic footage'

FIGC prosecutor Giuseppe Pecoraro has reportedly asked to view footage of Mario Mandzukic’s kick during Juventus’ 2-1 win against Milan on Saturday.

Mandzukic appeared to kick Alessio Romagnoli in the box, but the striker avoided a second yellow card as neither the referee Michael Fabbri nor the VAR acted.

Although referee designator Nicola Rizzoli dismissed the incident, Pecoraro deemed it ‘a severe case of violent conduct’, writes Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Sunday April 7 2019
Prandelli: 'Refs must be consistent'

Cesare Prandelli was again critical of the referees after Genoa’s 1-1 draw with Napoli. “We just want to see consistency in decisions.”

The Grifone had Stefano Sturaro sent off within the opening half-hour for a studs-up tackle on Allan, which had been a yellow card before the VAR viewing.

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Sunday April 7 2019
De Zerbi: 'VAR knew it was wrong'

Sassuolo Coach Roberto De Zerbi was furious after Lazio received a controversial penalty. “The VAR knew it was wrong, this was all the referee’s doing.”

The Biancocelesti had taken the lead in an eventual 2-2 draw when Patric’s cross was charged down by Manuel Locatelli, but although replays showed that the ball bounced off his hip and on to his arm, the referee stood by his original decision.

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Sunday April 7 2019
Referees apologise to Milan over Juve?

It’s reported representatives of the Referees’ Association will meet with Milan to admit there were mistakes in the defeat to Juventus.

According to Sky Sport Italia, AIA President Marcello Nicchi and refereeing designator Nicola Rizzoli will meet with Milan Coach Gennaro Gattuso and director Leonardo at tomorrow’s Lega Serie A meeting.

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Sunday April 7 2019
Video evidence against Mandzukic?

Mario Mandzukic risks a ban using retroactive video evidence after he was caught kicking Alessio Romagnoli during Juventus-Milan.

The incident was not spotted by the referee or the VAR during last night’s match, which saw Juve emerge 2-1 winners amid controversy.

Referee Michael Fabbri’s performance was criticised by all the major sports papers in Italy, above all for the decision not to award a penalty after viewing Alex Sandro’s handling offence on the VAR monitor.

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Tuesday April 2 2019
Gravina: VAR in Serie B playoffs

FIGC chief Gabriele Gravina has announced that VAR will be used in the Serie B playoffs and the creation of a new ‘blacklist’ to weed out bad owners.

VAR has been used in Serie A since the start of last season, and the technology will now be employed to determine who wins promotion to the top flight, in the semi-finals and Final.

Gravina added at Tuesday’s federal council that it could also be used in the preliminary round, as well as the playouts for relegation to Serie C.

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Saturday March 30 2019
Leonardo: 'Clear Milan penalty'

Milan director Leonardo insists they deserved a last-gasp penalty against Sampdoria, but there is “no need to put anyone on trial.”

Gianluigi Donnarumma’s howler after 33 seconds gifted Gregoire Defrel the only goal of the game and referee Daniele Orsato viewed the stoppage-time incident on VAR, deciding Nicola Murru got his studs to the ball before Krzysztof Piatek.

“This was not our best performance, let’s put it that way,” the director told DAZN.

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Friday March 22 2019
Serie B 'ready for VAR'

Serie B is “ready to introduce VAR” from this season’s promotion play-offs and relegation play-outs, claims President Mauro Balata.

The technology has already been used in Serie A since last season and there are advanced plans to get it working in Serie B from as early as the play-offs in May and June.

“Serie B is ready to introduce VAR, the studies have confirmed it, with stadiums, technology and standards of television cameras all suited to it,” said Lega B President Balata.

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Saturday March 9 2019
Romairone: 'Both Milan goals invalid'

Chievo director Giancarlo Romairone claims both Milan goals should’ve been disallowed. “We’d like to lose because we’re bad, not for collateral damage.”

The 2-1 home defeat was sealed by a Lucas Biglia free kick and Krzysztof Piatek tap-in to finalise a chaotic move.

“It’s not possible that every week there’s a controversial incident with us,” Romairone told Sky Sport Italia.

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Friday March 8 2019
UEFA defends Roma VAR decisions

UEFA believes VAR made the right calls during Roma’s 3-1 defeat to Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Porto were awarded an extra-time penalty after Alessandro Florenzi had tugged his opponent’s shirt in the box, before Roma were denied a spot-kick of their own, the referee controversially choosing not to consult the VAR.

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