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Italian Football Federation open to trialling VAR challenge system where teams can request an on-field review during matches... on night when Cristiano Ronaldo nets controversial penalty for Juventus in Coppa Italia

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The Italian Football Federation has notified FIFA of its 'willingness to experiment' with a VAR challenge process.

Following requests from a number of Serie A clubs, the country's governing body released a statement in which it said it was open to trialling a system whereby teams could request an on-field review during matches.

'Italy was one of the first countries in the world to experiment with technology in football,' read the FIGC statement.

a group of football players on a field: VAR rescued Juventus on Thursday in the Coppa Italia as Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty © Provided by Daily Mail VAR rescued Juventus on Thursday in the Coppa Italia as Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty

'The adoption of VAR by IFAB (the International Football Association Board) was preceded by an offline test period in the Italian top tier and generated exceptional results, contributing significantly to the implementation of the definitive protocol.

'Animated by the same desire to innovate and with the same spirit of service of the time, the FIGC has interpreted the requests received in recent weeks by numerous Serie A clubs and has informally anticipated FIFA its willingness to experiment with the use of the challenge (the call for an on-field review by the teams), in the time and manner that IFAB eventually establishes.

'The FIGC is convinced that, by continuing the path already undertaken, football can be brought into a dimension ever closer to the millions of fans, without affecting the referee's authority, but rather by providing him with concrete tools.'

FIGC president Gabriele Gravina has also urged referees to 'intensify' the use of the on-field review 'to avoid fuelling controversies that affect the image of our championship, which is preparing to enter the crucial phase of the season'.

a group of football players on a field: Serie A clubs have appealed to see one introduced and it may have been of use to AC Milan © Provided by Daily Mail Serie A clubs have appealed to see one introduced and it may have been of use to AC Milan

Talk of on-field reviews to be introduced in Italy arrived on a night when VAR dominated the talk following the Coppa Italia semi-final first-leg between AC Milan and Juventus. 

Milan were leading until the 90th minute when Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty via VAR after his effort from a bicycle kick smashed into the hand of Davide Calabria, stood a yard away. 

Calabria was not facing the ball when it struck his hand and despite the referee being adamant that it was initially not a penalty, he changed his mind after checking on the pitchside monitor. 

Ronaldo converted to score a crucial away goal with the two sides due to meet for the return leg in Turin on March 4.  

Related: The most contentious VAR decisions made in the Premier League this season [Read Sport]


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