- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

ROME (AP) - Italy wants to host an experiment on the use of TV replays in football.

Following a controversial top-of-the-table clash in the Serie A, the president of the Italian football federation wrote to FIFA on Thursday asking to trial video replay.

The letter came four days after Juventus recorded a 3-2 victory over Roma that saw the Turin club awarded two disputed penalties and score the winning goal while offside.

Carlo Tavecchio said that while the FIGC was dedicated to preserving the traditions of football, “at the same time it supports modernization that allows our beloved sport to maintain a winning global consensus.”

The fallout from the Juve-Roma match made studying the use of replays “a priority” to uphold “credibility in the referee,” a statement from the Italian federation added.

Last month, Blatter said he wanted to test replays in a domestic league, and at the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand next year.

Coaches would have the right once or twice in each half to challenge a refereeing decision.

Blatter has portrayed himself as a champion of technology since reversing his opposition to goal-line aids, which were used at the World Cup in Brazil for the first time.

Separately, UEFA banned Tavecchio for six months on Tuesday following a racist comment during his election campaign.


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