Saturday June 21 2014
Parma are 'not a port of call'

Parma presented their new logo and pledged to get back into Europe, but warned “this club isn’t a port of call.”

The Ducali had qualified for the Europa League with a top six finish in Serie A, but the place went to Torino due to financial irregularities.

“This is a year in which those who are attached to Parma must be there,” said director general Pietro Leonardi.

“The message for the season ticket holders is clear. The community must respond with its presence at the stadium as a civil answer to injustice.

“We earned our European qualification spot on the field and we want to go out there next season to win it again.”

Parma made a splash on the transfer market yesterday, securing Jonathan Biabiany and Ishak Belfodil outright.

“Parma proved this is a solid club that wants to invest. It isn’t a port of call. We only want motivated people who are happy to be here and play with pride. Anyone else can go...”

Leonardi was asked whether this was a message to Antonio Cassano, who has been linked with a return to Sampdoria.

“Yesterday he sent me a text message that said: ‘Forza Parma.’ And we say Forza Cassano.”

FantAntonio is currently in Brazil with Italy’s World Cup squad.