Serie B chaos as Lecco and Brescia added to Italian second tier after Matchday 3: What is happening?

Organisation and Italian football don't often go hand in hand, and we've seen that in Serie B this season. Matchdays 1-3 were played with an incomplete division, before Lecco and Brescia were finally confirmed as part of the second tier ahead of Matchday 4, with Reggina excluded.

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Confusion continues to reign in Serie B, as the league has only recently finalised its full line-up of teams despite the 2023/24 season already being four games old. Amidst all the lack of clarity, it has been confirmed that Lecco will retain their position in the second division.

As reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport, Lecco have been granted permission to play in Serie B despite an appeal from Perugia, who argued that the former did not submit documents to ensure use of Padua‘s Stadio Euganeo in the second tier promptly enough, and that they therefore should not have been admitted into the league.

Lecco will play in Serie B

Lecco celebrate promotion from Serie C. (Photo: Calcio Lecco 1912 Facebook)

Lecco had defeated Foggia in the Serie C play-off final in June, with a 5-2 aggregate victory, to earn a place in Serie B, whilst Perugia‘s 18th-place finish in Serie B saw them relegated.

However, the Grifoni sought to take legal action to preserve their Serie B status and sought to remain in the place of Lecco. This has been dismissed by the Italian State Council and the Lombardy club will keep their place.

Lecco have only played a single league game this season, debuting in Serie B on Matchday 4 Catanzaro.

Brescia reinstated in Serie B, Reggina’s uncertain future

Reggina coach Filippo Inzaghi (@Reggina_1914)

Elsewhere, Reggina had submitted their own appeal after having their Serie B license revoked this summer due to unpaid debts and financial irregularities after a takeover. They had finished 7th in Serie B in 2022/23 and were in with a chance of promotion to Serie A.

The Calabrian club were fighting to maintain their status in the second division amidst expectations that they will be demoted to Serie D, but their claim to remain in the second tier has been rejected.

Filippo Inzaghi‘s side are currently unlicensed and their place in Serie B has gone to Brescia, who have received a reprieve after losing the relegation play-off last season and had fallen into Serie C.

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