The Italian football authorities have expelled Pro Piacenza from Serie C, after the cash-strapped club fielded a starting seven in place of the traditional starting eleven against Cuneo at the weekend. A game which they lost after conceding 20 unreplied goals.
According to reports out of those seven players, six were youth players and the other aclub masseuse. They were all between 16 and 19 years old, with captain Nicola Cirigliano listed as the coach. The masseuae was not initially listed for the match, but one of the players forgot his identity card, so the masseur was forced to play.Club staff refused to travel in an ongoing dispute over unpaid wages; the club has not paid its players and staff since last August.
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Gabriele Gravina is the new Italian football federation president and has said that its time to gear up as idle Serie C clubs have been hoping for Serie B promotion. He was made to preside at his first meeting as he was elected sometime last week. He said he is planning to support his rulings of Serie B to close to 19 clubs in this season. The change from 22 teams to 19 teams was done due to the bankruptcies of Bari, Cesena, and Avellino. However, the 4 clubs, namely Virtus Entella, Pro Vercelli, Ternana, and Novara did relegate towards the end of the last season in addition to Siena and Catania that lost in Serie C playoffs. They are still debating on getting a place in the 2nd division. As far as Entella is concerned, he has played only one single match in this season of Serie C.
Gravina said he hopes that everyone plays well in the upcoming match and he wishes would be fulfilled by the Lega Pro Serie C leaders. He is prepping up the team now to play football seriously.
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