Referees – Duties, CdS: “We will whistle much less, we must be careful”

REFEREES- DOVER, CDS- As the CdS writes in the great interview with Doveri, he really made it clear that it will be a different season, managed better.

Referees – Duties, CdS: “We will whistle much less, we must be careful”

Plus the foul from the game contact. And whistle only the first ». Romano, forty-four, for thirteen on the Serie A fields, is one of the most influential referees in Italian football. It is no coincidence that he is in the group of Video Match Officials, the match officials who perform the function of VAR for FIFA. If you ask him if we will play English, he replies that yes, it is a wish, but he adds: “It does not depend only on us.”

«For the number of fouls we are aligned with the Champions League and we are approaching the Premier. The indication is that of not sanctioning all game contacts, but the goal of conforming to English football must be shared by all the components ».

Explain yourself better.
«I do not enter the field with the intention of whistling a little or a lot. I have to connect with the game and with the way the players interpret it. In the end it is they who decide how many fouls I have to whistle ».

But not all of you boo the same way. You, for example, pass for a referee who lets you play.
“In the statistics I’m right in the middle of the group. But the statistics don’t explain everything. Last year I refereed matches whistling twelve fouls, but in Genoa-Udinese I stopped the game forty-eight times ». 

How much does the level of tension in the match count, apart from fouls?
“Certainly not a little. If I let a tough tackle play, and I repeat myself in the next one, and then the third time they break a leg, it means I’m not in tune with the game. If, on the other hand, I let go of some vigorous contact and I perceive that the players agree to confront each other physically, but in a fair manner, then I can continue on that path. The fact is that no one tells you that he will not break the opponent’s leg, you have to guess from how the athletes interpret the race, and also from how they get up after falling to the ground. There is a cultural code that makes a strange microphysics of power.

She is the one who decides how much control can be lowered. The referee must know how to read it, but not only him imposes it. If the tension grows, the blows get harder, the protests flare up, you have to tone it down, because the referee’s job is also to protect the players’ safety ».

All right, but don’t all boo the same way. On the contrary, you do it very differently, eliminating a fundamental requirement: predictability. Which allows those who play to know how far they can go. On the penalties, then, the interpretations appeared too divergent.
“I don’t have this vision. I think there was a shared line on penalties. So much so that when some light penalty was whistled, everyone noticed it. But the rule was clear ».

So will we see less this year? In the last three seasons we have gone from 187 to 150, to 140. Is it still going down?
«I don’t bet on the number, because we don’t play the game. But we will certainly try to have even more discernment between what is foul and what is contact ».

Rocchi has announced a hard line against protesting coaches. But even on the pitch there are precise refereeing conditioning strategies, which pass through disputes and veiled forms of intimidation. Will you change your attitude?
«Those who protest in an instinctive and measured way will be understood, as always. Because frustration is part of the psychology of the game and imposes tolerance. Those who try to pressure you in a systematic way should instead be warned with a card. First yellow. There will be more attention to these attitudes, especially on the benches. There are coaches who come out of the technical area to give orders on the pitch and maybe get excited because the climax of the match is high. You can understand them. But whoever comes forward for twenty meters, with the threatening air of someone who is not there, cannot be tolerated ».

Change the offside on the deviations, only the intentional ones put the attacker back in order. It means that the concept of voluntariness becomes central again, after years in which it had disappeared. We have often wished for this change, because football is not a game of chance. Do you share?
«Yes, voluntariness must be grasped in the intentionality of the bet as a psychological attitude, but also in some objective conditions. If the balloon travels at speed, it is more difficult to control, and therefore it is more difficult to understand the deviation as voluntary. The same must be said if the ball comes out almost like a rebound between a swarm of players. These are parameters that help us distinguish what is intentional, and excludes offside, and what is involuntary instead. Body control is also important. The desperate gesture of a player who slips to block the ball is not an intentional play ».

Even on the hand ball we have gone from voluntariness to accidentality, to then go back. Do you continue like this? 
“Like last year. On shots and crosses, the geometry of the arm is valid: if it is wide, it is rigor. But in other situations the dynamics will have a more important weight. The wide arm is less relevant if it is consistent with the intention of the play, as long as you don’t overdo it. To give an example, no one can think of jumping on a corner kick by spreading their arms to the sky ».

Rocchi said that, in the relationship with the Var, the final decision maker is the referee. Will it serve to overcome the rivalry that produced a mutual discharge of responsibility last year, with paradoxical decisions?
«In reality, the referee’s responsibility has never been questioned. If I have one regret, having arbitrated before and after the introduction of the Var, it is that the technology did not arrive earlier ». 

But would the referees feel the challenge, that is the Var on call, as a diminutio?
“We apply the regulation. The challenge is now a solution to the study of FIFA and IFAB, requested by many. When it is presented to us, we will not be prejudiced ».

Referees – Duties, CdS: “We will whistle much less, we must be careful”

Are you personally in favor?
“I’m curious to experience it. And to verify if it will serve to reduce the controversy ».

And perhaps also to discourage the area stuntmen, for the benefit of greater sporting loyalty, don’t you think?
“The Var should be enough for them.”

Do you also agree on the introduction of effective time?
“Yes, it’s the best way to avoid obstruction.” 

But why don’t the referees motivate their decisions? Wouldn’t that be a useful sign of transparency?
“The fact that you and I were talking years ago would have been unthinkable. But going to the mixed zone after the game to explain your choices is complicated. Especially before the sports judge has made his decisions. From Wednesday on, I would have no problem justifying a choice and even admitting a mistake in public. As long as the listener isn’t just there to attack me. “

Women are a sea change in a historically male-dominated environment. Do they risk paying an experience deficit?
«The girls who arrived this year in the Serie A group have the same experience I had thirteen years ago. There is no problem ».

But is their entry a red herring or the first step towards effective parity?
“The second he said. In a few years you have to count only the merit, not the gender ».

She is forty-five years old. How much desire do you still have for football?
“Fortunately, seniority is no longer a barrier. And I still have enthusiasm and beer in my legs. It does not end here”.


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