Serie C president lashes out on plans to exclude them from Copa Italia

Calls the move elitist in nature, says he will protest the move and use legal measures.

The President of Italy’s third-level soccer association has condemned “elitist” plans to change the organization of the Coppa Italia to close out clubs underneath the best two divisions.

The clubs from the top-level Serie A met on Wednesday and consented to limit the number of participating teams to 40, from only the top 2 leagues from next season.

The Copa Italia competition is controlled and organized by Serie A.

“The choice of Serie A to bar Lega Pro groups from the Coppa Italia abuses basic rights as well as is an outflow of an elitist idea of football, unequipped for having a dream for the entire framework,” Lega Pro president Francesco Ghirelli said in a proclamation.

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