Serie B to continue with 19 teams after appeals rejected

A chaotic start to the Serie B season will see the league continue with 19 teams after a ruling from the Italian Football Association (FIGC).

The financial collapse of three Serie B teams – Bari, Avellino and Cesena – left the division short of clubs ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

Serie B’s season began with 19 teams but a group of clubs from the third tier – Siena, Novara, Catania, Ternana and Pro Vercelli – protested the move.

The Italian Olympic Committee met last week to rule on the future of Serie B and the FIGC confirmed on Tuesday the division would continue as it stands.

Italian football’s third tier has been unable to get under way for the new term as a result of the ongoing confusion over Serie B’s line-up.

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