Tuesday February 17 2015
Manenti: ‘Payment has been made’

President Giampietro Manenti reiterates that Parma have paid player wages, and is travelling to Slovenia to sort things out.

The Ducali patron said yesterday that a payment had been made, but the players have not received the money owed to them.

“I repeat, the bank transfer has been done, the payment was made,” Manenti told StadioTardini.

“Last night an international bank transfer was made, but it’s better if I follow things up in person.”

Manenti also played down the seizure of some Parma assets by Equitalia, the Italian revenue service.

“What was done today was an old injunction, which we had consciously decided not to fight having made certain choices.

“Things were already so far advanced, that - and maybe this is a bad thing to say - it wasn’t even worth the effort to stop it, so we weren’t going to chase Equitalia. We can’t chase shadows.

“The important things are very different, and something I’m personally following up first-hand.

“I realise that the seizure today isn’t the best for our image, but as I say, it was already at an advanced stage and it wasn’t worth it to intervene.”

If payment isn’t made today, the club could have a formal notice served against it by the players, but the President is not worried.

“I’m calm,” Manenti insisted.

“They’ve followed the process step-by-step, because I’ve always talked to them and I haven’t hidden anything.

“I actually showed them guarantees in a document when I was in Rome travelling with the squad, but it hadn’t been transferred to Italy yet, that happened yesterday.

“I’m sure the lads won’t proceed with the formal notice, but of course, logically, anything can happen.

“Despite having a real race against time, we knew it would be difficult to get everything done on Monday because we only got the guarantees in the evening.”

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