Rizzoli: ‘VAR when Serie A returns’

Refereeing designator Nicola Rizzoli assures Serie A will be able to count on VAR technology when the season resumes. ‘We made enormous efforts to secure everything.’

There were concerns that social distancing guidelines would scupper the use of the Video Assistant Referee system during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We made enormous efforts to secure everything and we will be able to resume by using technology,” Rizzoli told Rai Radio 1.

“Clearly, this will also guarantee uniformity to the season overall. It will work because there will be the VAR and AVAR, plus the technology operator, while the person whose job it is to send the footage to the director will be in another room.

“Therefore, with only three people in the room, we can allow for social distancing, along with a Plexiglas barrier and face masks. Hopefully, that will reduce the risks to an absolute minimum.”

Rizzoli is also open to the idea of five substitutions if the FIGC and Lega Serie A accept the FIFA option.

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