Italy's Serie A will be expanded from 18 to 20 teams next season after a deal was struck with rebel lower league clubs who had boycotted the start of the current campaign.
Silvio Berlusconi was involved in the decision to expand Serie B
Serie B will return to normal on Thursday after the clubs
agreed to end their protest, the Italian Football League confirmed on
Clubs were angered by the decision last month to expand
Serie B to 24 teams, with three relegated clubs given a reprieve
and Fiorentina promoted.
None of the opening Serie B fixtures took place, while only
two matches were played in the scheduled second round on Sunday.
An Italian Football League spokesman said the deal would
mean five teams promoted from Serie B this season and three
relegated from Serie A.
A play-off will take place between the sixth place side in
Serie B and the team finishing 15th in Serie A.
From next season Italy will therefore have an expanded
20-team Serie A, with Serie B reduced to 22 teams.
The controversy began in August when the Italian Football
Federation re-admitted relegated sides Catania, Genoa and
Salernitana to the second division, along with Florence club
The move came after Catania won a legal action against their