Wednesday February 4 2015
Tommasi: 'Parma chaos intolerable'

Players’ Association President Damiano Tommasi warned the Parma situation is “intolerable” and risks a match-fixing scandal too.

The club is in dire financial difficulties and even after it was sold to new owners in December, players and staff have still not received any wages since July 2014.

“We are seriously worried,” said AIC President Tommasi. “The situation is intolerable in this day and age of Serie A, with huge television contracts and planning that ought to be over a period of years.

“After the mid-February deadline, quite rightly the players will want to be protected.”

Although Antonio Cassano and Dias Felipe have already terminated their contracts by mutual consent, more could follow later in the month.

However, Tommasi is concerned that a club unable to pay its players for half a year leaves them open to outside influence.

“When playing in these emergency situations with clear economic difficulties, the risk is to get involved with those proposing match-fixing.

“Considering what happened in previous years and unfortunately is still happening on an international level with betting and the regularity of the Leagues, there is a concern.

“We have seen the regulations are not sufficient to avoid a squad reaching February with one month’s salary. A Serie A club shouldn’t even be in a position to miss one month.

“We must be more restrictive, seeing as the clubs are guaranteed by important television contracts.”

Parma had originally qualified for the Europa League preliminary rounds, but failed to gain their licence due to financial instability.

The club just about registered for the 2014-15 Serie A championship in June, but it seems they did this by pooling all available resources and leaving nothing for salaries from July onwards.

Previous owner Tommaso Ghirardi had hoped to sell the club much earlier than December, therefore passing the problems on to new patrons.

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