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Ascoli and Treviso handed Serie A promotion

MILAN, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Ascoli and Treviso will play in Italy's Serie A next season the Italian Football Federation ruled on Tuesday ending weeks of wrangling and legal disputes.

The two clubs have been handed places in the top division after Torino and Genoa, who had won promotion from Serie B, were both denied their places.

Torino, who won the Serie B promotion playoff, were denied a return to the top flight due to their poor finances and have been ordered to compete in the second tier again next season.

Genoa, who were Serie B champions, start next term in the third division after authorities uncovered evidence of match-fixing in their final game of the season against Venezia.

Of the three clubs originally promoted at the end of last season only runners-up Empoli will actually take their place alongside the big name clubs like champions Juventus and beaten Champions League finalists AC Milan.

Instead Treviso, who have never been in the top flight and finished fifth in Serie B and Ascoli, who were last in Serie A in 1992, have been handed 'promotion' by the Federation.

The Federation's ruling should put an end to weeks of wrangling over which clubs deserved to be given a Serie A place and is a blow to relegated Bologna who had hoped for a reprieve.

Perugia, who finished in fourth place in Serie B, have been demoted to Serie C1 due to their financial problems.

The Serie A season starts on Saturday August 27 with the fixture list due to be published later on Tuesday.

The situation in Serie B is even more farcical with Perugia and Genoa being demoted along with Salernitana.

The Federation ruled that relegated Catanzaro, Pescara and Vicenza would be reprieved and allowed to stay in the second division.

Napoli, themselves demoted last year due to bankruptcy, had been hoping to be handed a promotion by the Federation and could now take legal action against the decision.

Under a recent Italian regulation cities whose clubs' fail to gain a professional licence owing to poor finances, or who go bankrupt, are allowed to have a reformed club take their place in the division below the one they last competed in.