Serie B: We’re not suspended!

The confusion over Serie B rages on, as the Lega Serie B insist the tournament has not been suspended, despite the CONI announcement.

Last week the CONI (Italian Olympic Committee) judging panel deemed the appeal from Pro Vercelli, Novara, Catania, Siena and Ternana for the quintet to be entered into Serie B as inadmissable.

The confusion over Serie B rages on, as the Lega Serie B insist the tournament has not been suspended, despite the CONI announcement.

Last week the CONI (Italian Olympic Committee) judging panel deemed the appeal from Pro Vercelli, Novara, Catania, Siena and Ternana for the quintet to be entered into Serie B as inadmissable.

However, Pro Vercelli received the all-clear from the TAR tribunal in the Lazio region on Saturday to suspend that ruling and Franco Frattini conceded the second tier was in a state of flux until at least Friday.

“The Regional Administrative Court of Lazio, in addition to suspending the sentence, has suspended the League,” he told InBlu Radio.

“On Friday 21, the Guarantee Committee will review the issue in a completely new light and that’s when it’ll be decided if Serie B goes ahead with 22 or 19 teams.

“If it’s the former [22 teams], the three teams [who are promoted] will be decided on Monday.”

However, this evening the Lega Serie B released a statement assuring this blanket suspension was not accurate.

“There is so much confusion that some are even talking about Serie B being suspended,” read a statement.

“The declarations of President Franco Frattini are in haste. Instead, the league will continue, regularly, because that is what millions of fans want and there is no ruling that forces its suspension.

“This sort of claim is not true and it provokes economic, organisational and sponsorship damages.”

Lega Pro President Gravina also bitterly criticised the comments from Frattini, claiming they were “aimed at preventing the appeals court from giving its verdict and interrupting any form of collaboration to find a solution to this general chaos.”

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