Serie B to feature 19 teams after appeals rejected

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The financial collapse of three Serie B teams - Bari, Avellino and Cesena - left the division short of clubs ahead of the 2018-2019 campaign.

Serie B's season began with 19 teams but a group of clubs from the third tier - Siena, Novara, Catania, Ternana and Pro Vercelli - protested the move.

The Italian Olympic Committee met last week to rule on the future of Serie B and the FIGC confirmed the division would continue as it stands.

Italian football's third tier has been unable to get under way for the new term as a result of the ongoing confusion over Serie B's line-up.