Referee designator Gianluca Rocchi: “There’s a lot of work to be done.”

Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi

The head referee designator of Serie A and Serie B, Gianluca Rocchi, met with the media outside of the VAR Center in Lissone.

Rocchi, a former referee himself, discussed the refereeing performances so far this season following the promotion of several young referees to Italy’s top flight.

“We’re satisfied with how the youngsters responded,” he began.

“I want to thank the several international experts who have given us a big hands, even if it means we initially take a step backwards. However, there’s still a lot of work to be done.”

“Many things need to improve when you’re inexperience. But some situations aren’t easy to explain, especially if you can’t accept that there are humans involved, both on the pitch and behind the monitor.”

He continued, “In the future, we want the discussions and dialogue between the referee and VAR to be heard publicly since we don’t have anything to hide.”

“Working on communication helps us and makes things go better.”

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