A meeting between Serie A and B clubs failed to reach a satisfactory conclusion over financial matters today, leading to the decision by all the top-flight clubs, with the exception of Lecce, to go ahead with the split.
“Nineteen Serie A clubs today decided to create the ‘Lega Calcio Serie A’, with Maurizio Beretta put in charge of this,” read a statement by the new league. “The decision was made because of the impossibility of reaching an understanding with the Serie B clubs.”
Relationships between the two divisions have been fraught for several years with constant battles over how much money the lower-tier clubs should receive.
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini was the first to announce the decision as he left the meeting this afternoon.
“We have created a new league for Serie A,” he said. “This time it’s for real. I’m not happy but it was necessary.”