As Inter drop out of the title race, Roberto Mancini sees red.
The Milan clubs have fallen off the pace and the league now looks to be a two-horse race between leaders Napoli and champions Juventus.
Genoa coach Gian Piero Gasperini has made a stand against the Genoa ultra who had called for him and the club's owner to go.
Napoli are the unofficial 'winter champions in Italy', but Juventus' form suggests they should be regarded as the favourites to retain their title.
Whatever problems Italian football may be enduring, the country's reputation as a bastion of coaching expertise remains intact.
A mixed year for Italian football, with bankruptcy and match fixing sharing the headlines with some hugely encouraging performances in Europe.
The passion generated by Italy's most fiercely-contested derby match can sometimes spill over into violence.
Only four points separate the top five clubs in what is the most exciting Serie A title race in many years.
A difficult Champions League draw for Juventus will not be welcomed by the Old Lady's Serie A rivals.
Losing finalists last time around, Italy will need to up their game if they are to be contenders in France.