'Elitist' New Coppa Italia Format Sparks Outrage

The new Coppa Italia format for the 2021-2022 edition did not sit well with football fans and even other clubs.

The Lega Pro/Serie C president called it elitist; Venezia chimed in on social media, posting "Amazingly tone-deaf."

The new format will take only 40 teams from Serie A and Serie B, leaving third and fourth-division teams out, unlike before where 78 teams comprised the competition.

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