Saturday, 3 July 2010

AIA want technology

Former referee Pierluigi Collina and the President of the Italian Referees' Association (AIA) Marcello Nicchi give their views on the refereeing errors at the FIFA World Cup and the use of technology in football.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter apologised to England and Mexico after mistakes dented their progress in the second round.

It was an Italian team of officials who got it wrong when allowing Argentina's offside goal against the Mexicans and despite seeing their mistake on replays on the large stadium screens, they couldn't disallow the goal.


"It was a serious human error made by an undoubtedly talented assistant who was coming off two excellent seasons," commented Collina.

Linesman Nicola Ayroldi was the man who failed to raise his flag, so he and referee Roberto Rosetti and the other linesman, Paolo Calcagno, have not been kept for the latter stages of the tournament in South Africa.

"These officials were certainly reliable and in my view should've been assigned to more important games at this World Cup.

"Perhaps not for the Final, but definitely for some crucial matches. Unfortunately it was a mistake and he is the first to be upset by it."

Collina, who retired from refereeing in 2005, announced he has decided to leave his post as Serie A and Serie B's chief refereeing designator in order to take a similar post at European football's governing body UEFA.

"It was proposed to me by [UEFA President] Michel Platini and it is very important, as this means co-ordinating the referees in Europe and designating them for continental competitions like the UEFA Champions League."

England were denied a goal when Frank Lampard's shot hit the crossbar and crossed the line in a 4-1 defeat to Germany.

Despite apologising, Blatter has in the past been resistant to introducing new technology into the sport.

"Goal-line technology is very welcome and we'd be glad to bring it in," insisted AIA President Nicchi.

"It would do nothing but help the referees to do their jobs."

Meanwhile, the 21 referees for the new Serie A season have been announced with some changes.

Massimiliano Saccani and Matteo Trefoloni have left, while Emidio Morganti has been given an extension after reaching the age limit.

Unlike in previous years, there will be a separate pool of officials for Serie A and Serie B as the two leagues break up from the governing Lega Calcio union.

The top-flight referees are Luca Banti (Livorno), Mauro Bergonzi (Genova), Christian Brighi (Cesena), Domenico Celi (Campobasso), Antonio Damato (Barletta), Andrea De Marco (Chiavari), Gabriele Gava (Veneto), Andrea Gervasoni (Mantova), Danilo Giannoccaro (Lecce), Paolo Mazzoleni (Bergamo), Emidio Morganti (Ascoli Piceno), Daniele Orsato (Schio), Sebastiano Peruzzo (Schio), Nicola Pierpaoli (Firenze), Nicola Rizzoli (Bologna), Gianluca Rocchi (Firenze), Andrea Romeo (Verona), Roberto Rosetti (Torino), Carmine Russo (Nola), Paolo Valeri (Roma), Paolo Tagliavento (Terni).

Source: Football-Italia

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