Clubs pledges new Serie B appeal


The verdict finally arrived today from the CONI after several
days of confusion and Lega Pro confirmed they’ll draw up the
fixture list tomorrow morning.
The chaos began over the summer, when clubs Bari, Avellino
and Cesena went bankrupt and failed to register for the new
season in mid-July.
Rather than keep Serie B at 22 teams and bring in
replacements from Lega Pro/Serie C, the decision was made
on August 13 to simply start again with the remaining 19
This infuriated the clubs who would’ve been brought back
into Serie B, who took legal action against the move: Siena,
Novara, Catania, Ternana and Pro Vercelli.
However, today’s verdict from the CONI only found that their
appeal was inadmissible, as it should’ve gone straight to the
“We respect the decision, but we do not agree with it,”
declared Cesare Di Cintio, lawyer for Pro Vercelli.
“The confirmation that our view of the situation is correct
came from the fact two of the five elements in the
commission, including President Franco Frattini, voted in our
“It’s a controversial decision and it deserves to be contested
in another appeal. That is what I am recommending that Pro
Vercelli and the other clubs do, because President Frattini’s
words of support in the sentence gave us the strength to go
forward in this battle.”
It will be a remarkable and chaotic twist if these clubs do
eventually win their appeal, because two rounds of the Serie
B season with 19 clubs involved have already been played.

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