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Saturday October 27 2018
Serie B appeal suspends expansion

Another twist in the seemingly endless Serie B saga, as an appeal has been accepted to suspend the order of a return to 22 teams.

When Cesena, Bari and Avellino went bankrupt over the summer, rather than replace them with other clubs, it was decided to simply reduce Serie B from 22 sides to 19.

Ever since then, several other teams who could’ve been promoted instead (Novara, Ternana, Virtus Entella, Catania, Robur Siena) have been waging a legal battle to have the division expanded back to 22.

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Monday October 1 2018
Serie B goes ahead with 19 teams

The FIGC has confirmed that Serie B will go ahead with 19 teams after throwing out five appeals.

Ternana, Pro Vercelli, Siena, Catania and Novara all felt they had cases to bump Serie B back up to 22 teams, but ANSA reports the FIGC rejected their appeals on Monday morning.

The agency adds the decision by the federation’s Federal National Court also acts as confirmation that the League will be contested by 19 sides.

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Thursday September 20 2018
Serie B appeal to Government

An appeal from five clubs has been sent to the Italian Government in a bid to resolve the chaos around Serie B, but Virtus Entella wouldn’t sign it.

The situation is reaching critical point after a series of conflicting and contradictory legal rulings.

This chaos erupted over the summer when Avellino, Bari and Cesena went bankrupt, but rather than replace them with sides from Serie C, the FIGC and Lega Serie B opted to simply reduce the division to 19 clubs.

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Saturday September 15 2018
Serie B: Clubs win new appeal

The legal battle over whether Serie B has 19 or 22 teams this season is back on after Pro Vercelli won an appeal to suspend the ruling.

It had seemingly been resolved once and for all when the CONI (Italian Olympic Committee) judging panel declared that the appeal from Pro Vercelli, Catania, Siena and Ternana was inadmissible.

However, this evening Pro Vercelli got the all-clear from the TAR tribunal in the Lazio region to suspend the CONI ruling.

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Friday September 7 2018
Serie B returns to 22?

CONI could decide to return Serie B to being a 22 team division this evening - despite the fact two rounds of the season have already been played with 19.

Avellino, Bari, and Cesena failed to register for the new season, and rather than bringing in other teams the FIGC commissioner Roberto Fabbricini accepted a request from the Lega Serie B and ruled the season could start with 19.

The fixtures were announced, with one side getting a rest week in each round, and the season has been underway for two weeks.

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Monday August 20 2018
Serie B still in chaos

Serie B remains in chaos, as Perugia and Brescia say they’ll play on Friday, but the players’ union “reserves the right” to call a strike.

After Avellino, Bari and Cesena went bankrupt, the Lega Serie B decided to simply proceed with an odd number of teams, with one side getting a rest week in each round.

Siena, who lost the Serie C play-off final, believe they should be promoted to replace one of the teams, while relegated sides Novara, Pro Vercelli and Ternana are making similar claims.

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Wednesday July 18 2018
Serie B in chaos

Pro Vercelli’s President describes Serie B “chaos”, as it’s not clear who will replace Bari and Cesena.

The two clubs failed to register for the 2018-19 season due to financial difficulties, and will be declared bankrupt.

Provided the mayor of the respective cities can find new investors, the two clubs will start again in Serie D, while Avellino have been granted more time to come up with a guarantor so they can register.

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Saturday June 16 2018
Cosenza back in Serie B

Cosenza are back in Serie B after 15 years, joining Padova, Livorno and Lecce in the 2018-19 season.

The Calabrese club beat Siena in the Lega Pro promotion play-offs thanks to a 3-1 result this evening.

They hadn’t been in Italy’s second division since the 2002-03 campaign.

With Crotone relegated from Serie A, it means there will be a Calabria Derby in Serie B next term.

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Monday June 4 2018
Reggiana ban for death threats

Reggiana striker Cristian Altinier has been given an eight-game ban after “making death threats” towards the referee in a Serie C/Lega Pro play-off.

Last night’s 2-1 defeat to Siena already caused huge controversy after Reggiana owner and baseball legend Mike Piazza said there was “corruption and incompetence.”

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Monday June 4 2018
Reggiana: Serie C is corrupt!

Reggiana owner and baseball legend Mike Piazza has accused ‘a few corrupt and dirty individuals’ of eliminating his club from the Serie C playoffs.

Reggiana lost 2-1 to Siena in their playoff quarter-final on Sunday after the Tuscans were awarded a penalty in the 10th minute of injury time, despite their No 5 appearing to have been the one fouled and not vice versa.

“I was not available last night to give a comment because I had to return home with my children,” Piazza wrote on the Granata’s official website.

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