epa09638978 Referee Simone Sozza gestures during the Italian Serie A soccer match between US Sassuolo Calcio and SS Lazio in Reggio Emilia, Italy, 12 December 2021. EPA-EFE/SERENA CAMPANINI

Serie A returns on Wednesday and that means the referees have been assigned to the games, including Simone Sozza for the massive InterNapoli showdown.



All 10 games from the Week 16 schedule will be played on January 4, as the domestic league is back for the first time since the break for the 2022 World Cup in November.

The biggest match is without doubt at San Siro, where Inter and runaway leaders Napoli go head-to-head in a Scudetto battle.

Sozza has been assigned to this fixture, aided by Michael Fabbri in the VAR booth.

It’s a controversial pick for several reasons, as the 35-year-old has only 28 Serie A games under his belt and is from Seregno, which is in the Lombardy region, just like Inter.

He already officiated Napoli’s 2-1 win away to Lazio this season and Inter’s 2-1 victory at Sassuolo.

Serie A Week 16 referees

SalernitanaMilan (Fourneau, VAR Mariani)

Sassuolo-Sampdoria (Maresca, VAR Nasca)

SpeziaAtalanta (Giua, VAR Marini)

TorinoVerona (Dionisi, VAR Banti)

Lecce-Lazio (Marinelli, VAR Di Paolo)

RomaBologna (Santoro, VAR Chiffi)

Cremonese-Juventus (Ayroldi, VAR Mazzoleni)

Fiorentina-Monza (Feliciani, VAR Massa)

Inter-Napoli (Sozza, VAR Fabbri)

UdineseEmpoli (Serra, VAR Valeri)

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