Palermo’s players have slammed authorities for ‘stripping us of our dignity’ after the club were demoted to Serie C.
The decision came as a result of alleged financial irregularities, but the Palermo squad held a Press conference on Wednesday morning to maintain they had achieved a playoff place in Serie B by merit.
“As the main stars of this show, which we are, we cannot find any justification for the behaviour of the Governing Council of Lega B that, in the presence of members with potential conflict of interests and without an objective criterion or regulatory power, has decided to take a decision which distorts the rules of the now-concluded campaign. We ask:
- On what basis was it decided to dispute the playoffs, when only a first-level judgment was issued?
- With which criteria have our colleagues from Foggia Calcio lost the right to contest the playouts?
“We demand, as the players of Palermo Calcio, our right to win on the field, awaiting, at least, the ruling of the Federal Court of Appeal.
“At that point, we will accept whatever verdict there is. But until then, we will make our voices heard in every suitable and possible avenue because we have been stripped of our dignity.
“They have taken away our rights to sweat for an objective. We are representatives of a wounded city, of people who want to scream that, in a state of law, it does not work this way, that our rights cannot be trampled on with a sharp stroke of a pen, in a potential conflict of interest.
“We will continue our struggle until we can, accompanied by the AIC, with the intention of asserting and protecting our rights.”