Thursday February 13 2020
Faggiano: 'Gervinho apologised'

Sporting director Daniele Faggiano has revealed that Gervinho “has apologised” and said the Ivorian forward “didn’t want to leave” Parma.

After the controversial episode towards the end of the transfer market, Gervinho has now returned to the group and trained with his colleagues at the Ennio Tardini today.

Faggiano said it’s up to coach Roberto D’Aversa if the Ivorian will play against Sassuolo this weekend.

“It’s not about peace, they are the mechanisms that exists on the market and will always continue to exist,” Faggiano told Sky Sport Italia. “It’s normal that we didn’t enjoy this diatribe, but the boy apologised to the team because in all that, he didn’t show up at training for three days.

“Such behaviour is not good and if everyone did it, nobody would play on Sunday. It depends on how he is and on the coach. What I assure you, is that he didn’t want to leave.”

Parma’s great start to the season has slightly stalled with the long list of absentees this term and the sporting director has admitted that the Ducali are slightly worried about being surpassed by their closest rivals.

“We think about the teams that are behind us. Last year, the group wasn’t in good condition because of the amount of injuries. This year, it’s the same and we must look over our shoulder.”

He doesn’t want to blame the referees for the decisions going against Parma but has called for balance, the same day as FIGC released a statement with the intent of “intensifying” the use of VAR.

“I’m not angry with anyone, the referees can make mistakes,” he added. “Protests are a way of trying to have balance. What I’m sorry about, is that there must be an equal balance for everyone.”

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