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 By Ben Gladwell

Bortolo Mutti surprised to replace Christian Panucci at Livorno

Bortolo Mutti, Christian Panucci
Bortolo Mutti worked with Christian Panucci at Palermo in the 2011-12 season.

Bortolo Mutti says he was surprised to be asked to take over at Italian Serie B club Livorno after Christian Panucci was dismissed on Wednesday.

Panucci paid the price for his side's poor recent form, which culminated in a 1-0 defeat to Bari at the weekend.

He will be replaced by Mutti, who has been out of work for almost two years, since being fired by Padova in February 2014.

"The call was unexpected," Mutti, 61, said. "I thought it was a call just to sound me out to see if I might be available,...

U.S. lawyer Joe Tacopina buys Italian club Venezia FC

Joe Tacopina only lasted 11 months in charge of Bologna.

ROME -- After Rome and Bologna, Venice is the latest stop for New York lawyer Joe Tacopina in his Grand Tour of Italian soccer.

Tacopina and a group of American investors announced the purchase of the lagoon city's fourth-division soccer club Venezia FC on Friday.

The move comes less than 20 days after Tacopina resigned as president of Serie A club Bologna because of a rift with Canadian investor Joey Saputo -- having only been in charge there for 11 months.

Tacopina was also formerly on the board...

 By Ben Gladwell

Serie B introduces green cards for referees to reward good behaviour

Good behaviour is to be rewarded in Serie B this season with referees given a new green card to brandish when players conduct themselves well.

In addition to the normal yellow and red cards, referees are to carry a green card to show in an attempt to promote fair play and sporting gestures.

According to La Stampa, the new system -- which is being introduced on a trial basis -- will come in to effect around the fourth or fifth round of matches.

The innovative idea is for players who conduct themselves...

 By Ben Gladwell

Catania facing possible relegation amid match-fixing case

Antonino Pulvirenti is the president of  Catania.

The state prosecutor studying the case of Italian Serie B club Catania, whose president Antonino Pulvirenti admitted to buying wins for his side last season, has suggested they be relegated and docked five points in the third division this coming campaign.

Stefano Palazzi, who also ruled on the relegation of Juventus to Serie B in the 2006 Calciopoli scandal, has also suggested Pulvirenti be banned from stepping foot inside a football ground for the next five years.

Palazzi's demands will now be...