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Head of Italian Referees Association met with Roma before Sampdoria clash

ROME, ITALY - DECEMBER 05: AIA Referee Designator Gianluca Rocchi attends the FIGC Unveiling of the new Sports Justice Code at Foro Italico on December 5, 2022 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
John Solano

Gianluca Rocchi, the head of the Associazione Italiana Arbitri (Italian Referees Association), was present at the Stadio Olimpico yesterday and met with Roma following yet another negative refereeing episode.

Today’s edition of Corriere dello Sport reports Rocchi convened with club executives Tiago Pinto and Maurizio Lombardo to discuss the most recent situation involving referee Marco Serra, who was caught insulting and criticising manager Jose Mourinho during the team’s loss to Cremonese.

The Giallorossi reportedly reiterated their dissatisfaction with Serra’s conduct during the match and insisted no professional referee should behave in such a manner.

Meanwhile, Rocchi agreed with their assessment and expressed the need for referees to display a more disciplined attitude during fixtures.