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The official is back in the spotlight once more after his horror show at the Renato dall'Ara on Sunday when he failed to give Bologna a clear penalty

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By Kris Voakes | Italian Football Editor

After a couple of great weeks for Italian football, with the magnificent 3-3 draw between Napoli and Juventus added to the progress of all three Serie A sides in the Champions League, this weekend brought a reminder that not all is peachy in the game on the peninsula. And once again it was referee Gianluca Rocchi who took the spotlight after making one of the most glaring errors of the season.

The 38-year-old was at the centre of attention at the Renato dall'Ara as Bologna were denied a clear penalty in their 2-2 draw with champions Milan. Alessandro Diamanti's delivery from the left was blatantly blocked by the outstretched arm of Clarence Seedorf, but the referee awarded the away side a free-kick for supposed interference in backplay.

But it's hardly the first time Rocchi has hit the headlines. Having shown 70 red cards and awarded 51 penalties in 176 career games, the Florence native has had a particularly rough 2011, with countless matches having been shrouded in controversy when he has been in charge.

As a little taster, below we list just a selection of the Serie A games heavily affected by Rocchi errors.

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Lazio 0-2 Inter
December 20, 2006


With the Nerazzurri a goal up and half-time approaching, Zlatan Ibrahimovic looked to volley a cross into the box. However, with the linesman behind the Swede raising his flag, Rocchi blew for offside a split-second before the striker's contact. Cue the bizarre decision by the referee to give the Inter man a second yellow card.
Catania 0-2 Inter
January 28, 2009


Rocchi quickly got a reputation for targeting Inter, but bad decisions hampered both teams at the Massimino. Michele Paolucci's goal was ruled out for high feet against Takayuki Morimoto despite the fact Nicolas Burdisso had dived incredibly low to head away, but then Sulley Muntari was dismissed for a stretching challenge barely worthy of a booking.
Genoa 3-2 Juventus
April 11, 2009


In a pulsating game at the Luigi Ferraris, there were many moments to be proud of Italian football. Something which didn't fall under that category was the decision by Rocchi to award a penalty to Juventus. Alessandro Del Piero had turned away to take a corner after being cleanly tackled by Matteo Ferrari in the area, but the official pointed to the spot instead.
Inter 2-0 Milan
January 24, 2010


Part of the knack of being a top official, they say, is knowing how to handle a big occasion. But Rocchi showed a fundamental inability to do so when making the decision to give a straight red to Wesley Sneijder for the heinous act of clapping midway through the first half. The Dutchman had taken offence to the referee's booking of Lucio, who would later be sent off too.
Palermo 3-1 Lazio
February 21, 2010


Single decisions can take games away from teams, and the rallying Biancocelesti were undone by a hugely debatable decision from Rocchi after conceding a first-minute goal to Abel Hernandez. As Fabrizio Miccoli went to round keeper Fernando Muslera, the striker took a dive past the Uruguayan's outstretched foot, and Rocchi bought the theatre. Palermo ran away with the game.
Atalanta 3-1 Cagliari
March 24, 2010


One of the more bizarre single decisions in Serie A in recent years. Cagliari's young forward Daniele Ragatzu attempted a spectacular overhead bicycle kick with Thomas Manfredini stood shielding him from behind. But when the striker's execution failed him and he ended on his back inside the 18-yard area, Rocchi decided to penalise Manfredini and point to the spot.
Bologna 3-1 Lazio
January 23, 2011


Never has this writer ever attended a game where the referee has lost quite so much control. With seemingly every throw-in, corner and goal-kick awarded being open to question, Rocchi lost control long before Andre Dias and unused substitute Henry Gimenez saw red for their part in a brawl. Another on the stroke of full-time resulted in Mauro Zarate punching a linesman.
Inter 0-3 Napoli
October 1, 2011


An erroneous yellow card for Joel Obi's excellent tackle on Ezequiel Lavezzi was only the appetiser. The Nigerian saw red after bringing down Christian Maggio outside the area, with a penalty amazingly awarded. From the spot-kick, Hugo Campagnaro slotted home a rebound effort despite having encroached. Rocchi then sent off Inter coach Claudio Ranieri for protesting.
Bologna 2-2 Milan
December 11, 2011


Clarence Seedorf's clear handball somehow ended up in a Milan free-kick as Rocchi failed to make the most simple of decisions. The Rossoneri were then awarded a penalty for Andrea Raggi's minimal contact on Ibrahimovic when clearing the ball. There was more controversy when the Swede then had a volleyed pass across the box blocked by the arm of Archimede Morleo.

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