Wednesday May 2 2012
Zampa: 'Worse than Calciopoli!'

President Maurizio Zamparini has threatened to leave Palermo because “referees hate me and after Calciopoli the situation is even worse.”

The Sicilians were furious on Tuesday night when a penalty was awarded in their 2-0 defeat to Napoli, as the ball ricocheted off Milan Milanovic’s leg before striking his arm. Under Italian rules, this makes it an involuntary gesture.

“Paolo Cannavaro’s tackle on Josip Ilicic was more of a penalty than the one they gave Napoli,” blasted Zamparini on Radio Radio.

“By conditioning the result of this game, they are also conditioning the entire tournament. After Calciopoli the situation is even worse.

“At least during Calciopoli the institutions controlled the refereeing system. Now they are independent and without any oversight. Instead of focusing on this, they go and see how they can punish a club like ours for stupid things with 12 month bans.”

Zamparini and Lazio President Claudio Lotito recently received bans over transfer market irregularities.

“I think the referees hate me. I am seriously considering leaving and would already have done so if it weren’t for the affection of the Palermo fans.”

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