Monday May 13 2019
OFFICIAL: Palermo relegated to Serie C

Palermo have been relegated to Serie C due to financial irregularities, it has been confirmed.

The FIGC’s Federal National Court judged on Monday afternoon that Palermo would finish the season bottom of Serie B, resulting in relegation to the third tier.

As it stands, Perugia will replace the Rosanero in the playoffs for promotion to Serie A and Venezia will stay up.

Salernitana and Foggia, meanwhile, will battle for survival in a relegation playoff.

It is alleged former owner Maurizio Zamparini committed money laundering, selling the Palermo brand to a company he created for a significant sum, before renting it back to the club for a minimal amount.

That would explain why the Sicilians have been the subject of several failed takeovers in recent months.

However, Palermo are likely to appeal the decision, potentially making for another summer of turbulence in the Italian second tier.

Serie B was forced to start the 2018-19 campaign in September with only 19 teams due to numerous cases of financial irregularities.

It comes less than a week after the club had unveiled new owners and just two days after they had secured a playoff place, courtesy of a third-place finish.