Veteran referee Gianpaolo Calvarese has announced his resignation from his role as a Serie A and Serie B official for the 2021-22 season, reportedly due to a conflict of interest. The Teramo referee sent a letter to the AIA, the Italian Referees Association, confirming his decision to leave his post starting this upcoming season. Follow us for more online sports betting, soccer analysis and prediction
The 45-year-old referee left his long-time position in the Italian top league after having directed a total of 156 matches from the 2008-2009 season. His decision to quit the job was linked to his family business, a supplement company that was unable to sponsor clubs in the first two leagues due to a conflict of interest due to federal regulations. He started his career as Serie A official in 2012
Calvarese officiated the 2019-20 Italian Supercup clash between Lazio and Juventus, won 3-1 by the Biancocelesti. He was heavily criticized by the media after overseeing Juve’s 3-2 win over Torino in May 2021, which will now go down as his final match. Calvarese is on the initial list of new CAN designator Gianluca Rocchi to officiate Serie A and Serie B’s 2021-2022 season.
His resignation is a huge blow to the Italian referees as his decision came shortly after Federico La Penna and Fabrizio Pasqua were suspended last week for falsifying their expense forms. They will be banned for 13 and 16 months respectively after they were found guilt following an investigation into fraudulent expenses. If the bans are not reduced on appeal, it will instantly end their refereeing careers.
Meanwhile, the 2021-22 season of Serie A will begin on August 22, with champions Inter Milan open the league at home to Genoa while Juve, AC Milan, Lazio and Atalanta all open away from home. Last season’s runners-up AC Milan also face a Genoa club as they open at Sampdoria, while third-placed Atalanta are at Torino, who avoided relegation last campaign.
Newly-promoted Salernitana, back in Serie A for the first time since the 1998-1999 season, travel to Bologna for their opener, with Empoli at home against Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio for their return to the top flight. Jose Mourinho’s debut as Roma coach will be tested by Fiorentina, while former Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco makes his debut on Verona bench at home against his former club Sassuolo.
Serie A also announced changes in the schedule. The 2021-22 season will be asymmetric, meaning the second half of the term won’t be based on the first one. This model is adopted from the Premier League, Liga and Ligue 1, where the second half of the campaign will not be based on the first, but organised in a completely different order.
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