Coppa Italia too far from FA Cup ideal

by | May 6, 2021 18:10

Lega Serie D President Cosimo Sibilia says the Coppa Italia format change is missing the point. ‘In other countries the amateurs host the big clubs.’

The decision to restrict the Coppa Italia to just the 20 Serie A and 20 Serie B teams from the 2021-22 season was met with utter consternation.

You can give your views on the situation HERE.

Lega Serie D President Cosimo Sibilia says the Coppa Italia format change is missing the point. ‘In other countries the amateurs host the big clubs.’

The decision to restrict the Coppa Italia to just the 20 Serie A and 20 Serie B teams from the 2021-22 season was met with utter consternation.

You can give your views on the situation HERE.

“After so many days of listening to people talk about needing more consideration for the foundations of football, here comes the exclusion of Serie C and D clubs from the next Coppa Italia,” wrote amateur league chief Sibilia on Facebook.

It’s not just a slap in the face after the reactions to the Super League project, but it also takes the Coppa even further away from the benchmark for cup competitions: the FA Cup.

“This is a total loss of perspective. In other countries, the amateur teams not only play against the big clubs, they host them on their own pitches.”

Generally, the Coppa Italia has the bigger club given the home advantage, meaning even before the pandemic, games were played in virtually empty stadiums.

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