B Teams 'announced without planning'

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The Lega Serie B complained after the announcement B Teams will be allowed into the Lega Pro next season was made “without debate or planning.”

FIGC sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta confirmed the introduction of reserve sides in Lega Pro, the current name for Serie C.

Crucially, they can be promoted or relegated, as long as they never play in the same division as the first team.

This fact has irritated the Lega Serie B and their President Mauro Balata released a statement this evening.

“The President of the Lega B Mauro Balata has acknowledged with a sense of worry the words of FIGC sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta, who referring to B Teams said they’ll be promoted or relegated.

“It should be underlined that these decisions are not just regarding Lega Pro, but also the Lega B and should be discussed and shared between the components, not announced without any serious debate or planning.

“Albeit aware of the importance of helping young players to grow, a mission the Lega B has adopted for many years as over 30 per cent of the players are under 21, these decisions effect the characteristics of the Serie B tournament and must be reflected upon carefully.”

If the B Teams are promoted from Lega Pro, they’ll be in Serie B the next season.

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