Parma President Tommaso Ghirardi has hit out at those criticising the performances of Gabriel Paletta.
The defender, after an excellent season with the Gialloblu, was included in Italy’s World Cup squad but his displays in Brazil have attracted scorn form some quarter.
“It’s a shame,” Ghirardi told reporters. “These opinions are those given by journalists who had never seen him play.
“They are obviously ‘top’ journalists who follow the ‘top’ teams and they have never seen Parma play.
“So they can’t judge him. I repeat, it’s a shame.”