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The number of teams in Serie A should be cut to 18 from 20 in order to protect Italian football, the head of the league has stated.

Antonio Matarrese, the president of the Italian football league, also wants the second division Serie B to be reduced to 20 teams from 22.

“It seems to me important that we start reasoning over a real and proper reform of football. We don’t have a choice,” Matarrese said after a meeting between the league and the clubs.

“We can argue for months on the division of resources. The truth is there are too many of us.”

Some Serie B clubs have threatened to go on strike if they do not receive a fair share of the television revenue.

Thursday’s meeting also discussed a proposal for losing teams to hold a guard of honour for the winner at the end of matches to improve the atmospehere at matches.

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