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Tavecchio named Serie A Commissioner. VAR set to be used next season

Carlo Tavecchio has been named Special Commissioner of Lega Serie A. The FIGC president has been unanimously voted in for a period of six months by the Federal Council and has been given the power to nominate sub-commissioners: "We hoped that we would be able to elect a president but that has not been the case," said Tavecchio to the press. "I want to thank the Council for expressing their unanimity and for having reaffirmed an important concept for us, one being that the commissioning is headed by the federal president. As always happens in these cases, to be commissioner is not an act of courtesy, but instead a punitive one."

The FIGC president also announced that he has identified his two sub-commissioners. The first is Director General of Federcalcio Michele Uva, who will now take control of administration, whilst lawyer Paolo Nicoletti will organise the judiciary side. Nicoletti was previously vice-commissioner of the FIGC back in 2006. There is now an intention to set up a commission of experts to help reform the league's statute: "As you know the Commissioner is in charge of ordinary management," Tavecchio added. "I will try to find the right balance that has been missing over the last few months. We want to do it swiftly, but we must also get results. The Lega Serie A benefits the entire system and we cannot afford to have a body that is not governed by its own subjects." 

As his first act as Commissioner, Tavecchio pushed forwards the request to FIFA for the use of on-line VAR (Video Assistant referees) for the entirety of the next Serie A season: "I had a chat with FIFA president Gianni Infantino and it was very beneficial," he said. Having been tested for the first time during a friendly between Italy and France last September, the experimentation process has now been used on many occasions by Italy's youth teams. Along with Germany and the Netherlands, Italy could be one of the first European federations to utilise this new technology. "We will open a technical discussion consisting of the FIGC, Lega Serie A, AIA and the project leader Roberto Rosetti," said Michele Uva. "We are hoping to receive all of the necessary authorisation from FIFA to start one year ahead of schedule." 

This morning Tavecchio shone light on the Council's work over the last three weeks, specifically highlighting Michele Uva's recent election to UEFA's Executive Committee in Helsinki. The president also stressed the importance of considering Serie A's fixed starting dates in the future, noting that it could influence the national team's success in years coinciding with major competitions. Finally, it was also decided that Vicario Vice President, Cosimo Sibilia will be involved in the federation's political affairs, which is linked to the coordination of commissions that could eventually lead to reforms. This was in addition to delegating the technical area to Vice President Renzo Ulivieri.

Having already discussed the concept of VAR experimentation, Director General Uva also stated that the Council is advancing their 'football helps' project, which is aimed at helping those who were affected by the recent earthquakes in central Italy. Lastly, the Council also approved Lega B's request to add additional match referees for the play-off and play-out games.