Serie A’s Salernitana risk being kicked out if new owner not found

Italian football federation chief Gabriele Gravina said on Tuesday that Salernitana would be expelled from Serie A if it did not find a new owner by December 31.

Salerno were promoted from Serie B for the first time in 23 years last season, but their owner, Claudio Lotito, already owns another Serie A side, Lazio.

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Owning multiple teams in the same division is against league rules and control of the club has been handed over to a trust to find a new buyer. However, they are not yet successful, with 10 days left until the agreed deadline.

“There will be no concessions when it comes to the December 31 deadline for the sale of Salernitana,” Gravina said after a meeting of the International Football Association Board.

“If there are no new developments by December 31, Salernitana will come out.”

Serie A submitted a request to FIFA last week to keep Salernitana in the Serie A until the end of the season as they try to find a buyer after failing to receive suitable offers.

Salernitana is last in the league with eight points from 18 matches, and did not travel to play its match against Udinese on Tuesday after the local health authority banned him from traveling due to positive cases of Covid-19 virus in the team.

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