Italy’s Serie A could launch breakaway division from Serie B and form a Super League, officials have warned.
Club chairmen from the two divisions have been meeting this week to determine how much money Serie A should hand down to Serie B.
Serie B clubs have struggled in recent years because of falling attendances and the lack of a television deal last season.
“Behind this there are projects grander than us like a Super League and the changing of the rules for TV,” league president Antonio Matarrese told reporters.
England’s Premier League broke away from three other divisions in the old Football League in the early 1990s and has gone from strength to strength in terms of the revenue generation.
“The day has arrived. The league is 20 years behind and we cannot lose any more time,” the president of Cagliari, Massimo Cellino, was quoted as saying in Tuesday’s Gazzetta dello Sport. “Serie A is separating from B.”
Serie A have offered €65 million to Serie B for this season but the second tier is expected to rejected the offer at a meeting later in the week.