Cup revolution in Italian football: As of the coming season, only the 40 teams from Serie A and Serie B will play in the national cup competition. The third division clubs were excluded. But they announced legal action against the controversial reform.
The decision is an expression of an “elitist concept of football,” said Francesco Ghirelli, president of the Lega Pro responsible for the third division. “Innovation is necessary in football, but you have to keep the system together,” said Ghirelli.
His association will meet on Monday to “protect the rights of their own teams and maintain a football culture that respects the authentic values of the sport”.
The new system is intended to enhance competition. There should be games from the start that are attractive for television.