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Wednesday May 5 2021
Coppa Italia changes infuriate smaller clubs

The decision to have only Serie A and B clubs in the Coppa Italia infuriated many, raising comparisons with the Super League. ‘It’s an elitist concept of football.’

The plan for the 2021-22 edition of the tournament is to reduce it to just 40 teams, 20 from Serie A and 20 from Serie B.

This will exclude all Serie C and even D sides from competing even in the earliest stages of the competition.

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Saturday April 24 2021
Lega Pro players accused of rape

Lega Pro President Francesco Ghirelli is ‘deeply disturbed’ after five Virtus Verona players were accused of gang rape.

The players have not been named, but the alleged incident occurred in January 2020 and another hearing is required before there can be charges filed.

They were all circa 20 years old and are accused of inviting the young woman to a party, plying her with drink, then four attacked her while a fifth filmed it on his phone.

It seems she was a student with one of the five players, but did not know the others.

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Tuesday January 12 2021
Ghirelli re-elected President of the Lega Pro

Francesco Ghirelli has been re-elected President of the Lega Pro for the second term.

ANSA reports the 72-year-old, who was named President for the first time on November 6, 2018, collected 49 votes to win the election.

His challenger, Andrea Borghini, only received three votes.

The final calculations included three blank votes and one absent as Ghirelli, who replaced Gabriele Gravina in 2018, was confirmed President of the Lega Pro.

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Thursday November 19 2020
Video: Catania coach banned for tackling opponent

Catania coach Giuseppe Raffaele has been given a four-match ban in Serie C for tackling an opposition player during a counter-attack.

The incident occurred deep into stoppages when his team was beating Vibonese 2-1.

When the Vibonese player won back the ball at the touchline, Raffaele took a step forward and pinched it off him just as he was going on the counter-attack.

The referee sent Raffaele off and he has now been given a four-match ban.

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Tuesday September 22 2020
AIC: 'Serie C players on strike'

The Players’ Association have announced Serie C players are on strike for Week 1 of the new campaign.

The first round of the new season has been scheduled for Saturday and Sunday this week, but the players in Serie C will not turn up.

AIC protests the introduction of this year’s limit of 22 players in the squad, a rule the Lega Pro, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, introduced to safeguard the financial sustainability of the clubs.

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Wednesday July 15 2020
Official: Serie C starts on September 27

The Lega Pro has officially announced that the 2020-21 season of Serie C will start on September 27.

The Board of Directors met on a videoconference today and confirmed among other things the start date of the next championship.

According to Calciomercato.com, Lega Pro President Francesco Ghirelli added: “We are still waiting for the provision on the tax credit and the institution of the apprenticeship.

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Tuesday June 9 2020
Gozzano won't accept FIGC decision

Gozzano are among the clubs relegated from Lega Pro to Serie D and hit out at the FIGC’s decision: “One of the ugliest pages of Italian football has been written.”

The club released a statement after having learned about the relegation and were struggling to accept the decision made by the Federcalcio.

“The Club deeply regrets the decision taken by the FIGC today, who, justifying behind the wide powers received to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, has decided to kill a virtuous club like AC Gozzano,” the statement read.

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Thursday May 28 2020
Official: Serie B restarts June 20

Lega Serie B President Mauro Balata confirms Italy’s second division will resume from June 20, while the Lega Pro is considering play-offs and play-outs.

The medical protocol for matches was agreed today, allowing Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora to give the all-clear for a return to the pitch.

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Tuesday May 26 2020
Trapani, Catania and Siena miss wage payments

Serie B side Trapani, Serie C outfits Siena and Catania have been deferred to the Disciplinary Commission and could be docked points for not paying wages on time.

The FIGC prosecutor received notice from the COVISOC that the three clubs did not pay their employees the February 2020 salary by the March 16 deadline.

They could all now be fined or even docked points, particularly as Catania and Siena did not pay the January 2020 wages either.

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Wednesday May 20 2020
Ghirelli: 'Serie C in no condition to play'

Italy’s top three divisions are given until August 20 to complete the season, but Serie C President Francesco Ghirelli warns ‘we are in no condition to play.’

While Serie A and B welcomed today’s announcement from the FIGC, it was a very different reaction in the third division, where clubs have already voted to terminate the 2019-20 season here.

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