Serie B side Livorno are reportedly being investigated after owner Aldo Spinelli let go of 10 first-team players in one day.
Lukas Zima, Matias Silvestre, Federico Viviani, Luca Rizzo, Michele Rocca, Adrian Stojan, Manuel Marras, Franco Ferrari, Enrico Brignola and Robin Simovic were all released or sent back to their parent clubs on Tuesday.
It came after a 2-0 home defeat to Venezia left them 12 points adrift of safety with just seven games remaining.
“All those players who have contracts expiring today will leave,” Spinelli told Tuttomercatoweb.
“We’re now in Serie C, extending them would’ve been just a waste of money. After the defeat [to Venezia], it’s useless to still think about staying up.
“To end the season, however, we have no shortage of players, plus [coach Antonio] Filippini will end the season with us.
“After that, we’ll see what happens.”
The 80-year-old had looked like selling the club to Majd Yousif, but the Dutch businessman pulled out, amidst claims he was arrested for financial misconduct.
Although the Amaranto’s long-term viability is uncertain, ANSA warns FIGC prosecutor Giuseppe Chine has launched an investigation into Spinelli’s management of his squad.
It is claimed Livorno may have contravened ‘principles of sportsmanship and fairness’, throwing the remainder of Serie B into doubt.
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