Agreement between the Ott platform and the Football Federation to broadcast the dialogues which will be commented on by the designer. Gravina: “We want to contribute to creating a renewed sporting culture”
Historic turning point in the relationships between referees, information and fans: from tomorrow evening, in fact, the audio of the dialogues between the VAR and the match directors will be broadcast, thanks to an agreement just signed between the Football Federation and Dazn, by the broadcaster Oct. The audio – for regulatory reasons – is that of the previous round of the championship and will be broadcast in the “Sunday night square” programme, in which the most interesting cases will be analysed. Tomorrow the referee designator, Gianluca Rocchi, will be in the studio.
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The first clips will be commented and explored in depth in the new `Open Var´ format, which includes a guest from the Italian Referees Association (Aia) every week, starting tomorrow with Rocchi. “Exceptionally – Dazn said in a note – the referee will reconstruct the main episodes of this football season”. “We are thrilled to be the first, in the history of Italian football, and not only, to show the decisions of the VAR exclusively on our app through images and above all audio – comments the CEO of Dazn Italia, Stefano Azzi -. The aim of this innovative and unprecedented partnership together with FIGC and AIA, and thanks to the collaboration of the Lega Serie A, is to offer all fans an even more passionate experience of Italian football.” “We are on the eve of an important turning point in the way of communicating football – states the president of the FIGC, Gabriele Gravina -. With Open var we want to contribute to creating a renewed sporting culture, a profound knowledge of the rules of the game most loved by Italians and to make get to know the refereeing world better. The FIGC-AIA space within the Dazn programming is not a slow motion, but the opportunity to understand, in total transparency, how the choices of the match directors are born in one of the most innovative and revolutionary sectors of football in recent years, which is the VAR”.
“We warmly welcome this new project, created together with the FIGC – declares the president of the Hague, Carlo Pacifici -. It is a historic moment that will allow the world of arbitration to open up more and more with a view to transparency. In this way we will be able explain the referee’s decision-making processes on the pitch and the important activity carried out by the video match officials at the Var Center in Lissone. This will also promote knowledge of the regulations to increasingly increase football culture for the benefit of all fans”.
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The President of Lega Serie A, Lorenzo Casini, closed: “We welcome with great favor and appreciation the initiative announced today to make the referees’ dialogues with the VAR rooms public. This is one of the many innovations introduced by Lega Serie A in document with the reform proposals drawn up at the end of 2022 to innovate Italian football and bring it up to speed with the technological progress of recent years. Technology now increasingly offers important support to referees in managing matches and, at the same time, allows them to respond to an increasingly demanding demand, including for transparency, of the millions of spectators of the most popular sport in the world. I thank the FIGC who, together with Dazn and thanks to the collaboration of our IBC of Lissone, a true excellence, have made this innovation concrete A common vision of the different components of Italian football is essential to improve the usability of the show, also facilitating the understanding of the dynamics linked to the development of the matches”.
September 23, 2023 (changed September 24, 2023 | 01:16)
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