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Saturday November 20 2010
Bologna: 'We've been ripped off'

It is chaos at Bologna with fans interrupting a training session to talk to players and former owners declaring “we've been ripped off.”

The club risks a three-point penalty for failing to cover unpaid wages from the summer and question marks are growing over the financial clout of new patron Sergio Porcedda.

“The Menarini family will not return as Presidents of Bologna,” said Francesca Menarini.

She and her father sold the club to Porcedda in the summer, keeping a 20 per cent share, but now claim they have still not been paid.

“Porcedda has not paid us a euro. We feel ripped off as a family and as a city,” she told Sky Sport Italia.

“We do not have the possibility or the means to take over again. However as we love Bologna, unlike some people, we are doing everything we can to resolve the situation.

“Bologna will not go bankrupt, even if the situation is serious.”

Today's training session was interrupted by around 100 supporters at the Casteldebole ground.

They chanted ‘We are always with you' and negotiated a meeting with the players and Coach Alberto Malesani.

The fans also chanted ‘Porcedda out of Bologna' and have written an open letter telling the President he is not welcome in the stands of the Dall'Ara.

Malesani has called 21 players for Sunday's trip to Napoli.

Bologna squad: Lombardi, Lupatelli, Viviano; Britos, Cherubin, Esposito, Garics, Moras, Portanova, Rubin; Buscè, Casarini, Della Rocca, Ekdal, Krhin, Radovanovic, Ramirez, Siligardi; Di Vaio, Gimenez, Meggiorini.

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