Saturday April 26 2014
Palermo await promotion, Siena scrimp

While Palermo could celebrate their return to Serie A this afternoon, Siena are taking austerity measures to a new level.

Palermo are top of the Serie B table and have a 16-point advantage over third-placed Empoli.

The top two clubs automatically step up a Division, while the other contenders go into a play-off for the third and final promotion spot.

Siena are one of the sides pushing for a play-off place despite huge problems off the field, as the club has been on the verge of bankruptcy for a year.

They were docked eight points for failing to pay wages and taxes on time, so now new austerity measures have been introduced.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Siena have stopped feeding their players ahead of games, instead ordering them to make their own lunch at home.

They are also invited to drive themselves to local matches to avoid paying for a team bus.

The problems occurred when Siena’s main backers, the Montepaschi di Siena bank, collapsed in a huge financial scandal.

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