Italian football federation asks to test video replay system
After a controversial match this weekend, the Italian soccer federation has asked FIFA to test a video replay system, The Associated Press reported on Thursday.
An Oct. 5 game between Juventus and Roma, ranked first and second in the Serie A, respectively, saw Juventus win 3-2 after receiving two disputed penalties and scoring the match-winning goal while offside.
The head of the Italian football federation (FIGC), Carlo Tavecchio, said that while his organization valued the traditions of the game, it also "supports modernization that allows our beloved sport to maintain a winning global consensus."
A statement from the FIGC added that the nature of the recent Juventus-Roma match made replay "a priority" in order to protect the "credibility of the referee."
Earlier this year, FIFA head Sepp Blatter admitted that he wanted to test a replay system in a domestic league, as well as at the Under-20 World Cup, to be played in New Zealand in 2015.
Previously, Blatter reconsidered his opposition to goal-line review aids, a measure that was used for the first time during this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
Blatter has promised to consider a replay system in the past. After the 2010 World Cup, in which referees missed several several match-deciding calls, the FIFA chief said "when you see evidence of refereeing mistakes," it would be "nonsense" to not consider new policies.
FIFA also promised to discuss replays at a meeting this past spring, but stressed that it would make no decision at that time.
- Christopher Woody