Parma are forced to call off the Serie A match against Udinese which was about to be play on Sunday as the financial crisis continues.
Udinese players did not make the trip to Parma, Donadoni canceled the training session
Parma were unable to finance matchday stewards and requested the game to be held behind close doors. The proposition was rejected because players and coaches from both teams were against that option and therefore the Italian football federation decided to postpone the match.
Udinese sporting director Cristiano Giaretta explained why his team did not travel to Parma:
We've been told by the prefecture of Parma, together with the Lega Serie A, that the game scheduled for Sunday will not take place. We're waiting for further details and further communication, but at the moment, this is the situation that we are in.
Manenti purchased the team for € 1 and promised to save the day
Parma have been facing a difficult financial situation for quite a long period, the players were not paid for months what caused the exodus of the best players during January transfer window. The ones who obviously did not find a better option and decided to stay just don’t seem to have the quality for the Serie A because the safe zone is eleven points away at the moment.
Giampietro Manenti and his Mapi group have purchased the club from Rezart Taci a week ago. The price was symbolic € 1, the same amount Taci had “spent” for buying the team himself. However, the previous owner decided to run away when he found out that Parma’s debt almost reached the amount of € 100 million.
Parma captain: We are losing our patience
He promised to save the club and gain the players trust by spending € 15 million for the salaries, but Italian media reports that none of what he promised actually started to happen:
We’ve had a meeting with the president [Manenti] and what has emerged is the difficulty in bringing the money to Italy. He has reiterated that he will try to give us some guarantees in the next 24 hours. But our patience has a limit. We are a united group and we have given the club an ultimatum. The time is running out. We need action, not words.
Udinese captain Antonio Di Natale gave support to Parma players:
I am sorry not to play and for the situation effecting my colleagues in Parma.
Team which marked the 90s is falling apart
It is really sad to watch the awful situation in the club which played a significant role in the European football back in 90s. The club whose shirts had been worn by numerous football legends such as Buffon, Zola, Crespo, Cannavaro, Thuram, Asprilla, etc is now falling apart as they don’t even have the money to host a Serie A match.
Parma have won two UEFA Cup titles, one Cup Winners Cup title, one European SuperCup title and three Coppa Italia titles.
One of the greatest matches in the club history was the UEFA Cup final from 1999 when Parma smashed Marseille by 3 – 0 with Crespo and Chiesa on target in front of 60.000 spectators.
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