Gianpaolo Calvarese has resigned from his role as a Serie A and Serie B referee for the 2021-22 season, reportedly due to a conflict of interest.
The 45-year-old was in the final year of his tenure anyway, as he was reaching the age limit for officials in the Italian league.
According to Sky Sport Italia, Calvarese tended his resignation today, citing work commitments that would make it very difficult to continue his refereeing career.
That’s because his family recently launched a company selling natural vitamin integrators, and among their clients there could also be Serie A and B clubs.
This creates a conflict of interest that cannot be resolved.
Calvarese officiated the 2019-20 Italian Supercup clash between Lazio and Juventus, won 3-1 by the Biancocelesti.
He had been bitterly criticised in the media after overseeing Juve’s 3-2 win over Torino in May 2021, which will now go down as his final match.
His career as a referee had reached an end anyway. Too much attention on it. His score with Juventus is impressive, 15-1-1, and the last performance was awful, but Juventus lost a Supercup because of that one defeat in his score. I have seen worse Italian referees from every point of view I look at it. And the worse I refer too have not chosen to leave the job but remained inside after retiring.