Italy to hire German refs (1 Viewer)


********* a.D.
Jan 24, 2004
Italy to hire German refs (Football Italia)
Tuesday 6 July, 2004

German referees could take charge of a number of Serie A games as soon as next season.

There are plans for European Leagues to exchange referees, with Germany and Italy set to be one of the first to try it out.

"It will be possible to swap referees with Germany," confirmed Italian referee designator Pierluigi Pairetto.

"It wouldn’t be a frequent occurrence but four to six games a year could be handled by foreign officials.

"We are studying the prospect of working with Germany because that is the closest League to ours on a footballing scale."

That isn’t to be the only refereeing change for the new season as the men in black are set to be sponsored too.

"We’ll probably have a commercial sponsor," confirmed referee chief Tulio Lanese. "We’ve already agreed a deal with a company.

"We would like to be backed by someone as that would see us net new funds which would allow our association to grow."

Lanese also confirmed that the age limit of 45, which will force Pierluigi Collina (pictured) to retire in 2005, may be increased.

"Our current rules state that referees must call it a day at 45 but we will consider making amendments during next season if that is possible," he revealed.

A number of rule changes are also set to be implemented for the new term, starting with goal celebrations.

"Players who lift up their shirts, in Fabrizio Ravanelli style for example, will be booked," confirmed Pairetto.

Previous rules stated that players who completely took off their jerseys would be carded but just lifting it up is now an offence.


Senior Member
Feb 21, 2004
When I saw thread topic I thought there is a corruption scandal going on!

There will be what, 20 x 20 = 400 games this year, 4 or 6 of which to be handled by foreigners?

I'd like to see a full list of changes to the rules.


Senior Member
Jul 12, 2002
As long as they are able to communicate with the players, it shouldn't be a huge deal. Might even be better then it is now.


Senior Member
Feb 21, 2004
++ [ originally posted by kurvengeflüster ] ++
No, the advantage is that they won't be capable of speaking the player's language. So they avoid the temperamental discussions (commenting every decision) of Maldini and Co. ;) :D
Can you imagine Gattuso's face? :D


Senior Member
Jan 24, 2003
++ [ originally posted by BigIzz ] ++
As long as they are able to communicate with the players, it shouldn't be a huge deal. Might even be better then it is now.
It works okay in the Champions' League, and for international games. I don't see how this is any different.

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