Wednesday January 30 2019
FIGC: 20-team Serie B, new racism rules

The FIGC has announced a 20-team Serie B next season and a new, two-step procedure to combat racism.

ANSA reports the FIGC met on Wednesday, when it was decided that Serie B would incorporate an extra club in 2019-20.

The League was downsized from 22 sides to 19 at the beginning of the season after Avellino, Bari and Cesena went out of business.

However, it will not revert to 22 and instead Serie C will promote five teams, as opposed to its usual four, with seven and not eight dropping into Serie D.

As for racist chanting, matches will now only require two calls and not three to be suspended.

ANSA explains both teams will gather in centre circles after the first racist incident, before returning to their dressing rooms if a second occurs.

“[The competent authority for suspending matches] will always be the person responsible for public order,” a spokesperson told the news agency.

The change comes after Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was racially abused during his side’s 1-0 defeat at San Siro on Boxing Day.