Monday February 23 2015
Pizzarotti: ‘FIGC let Parma down’

Mayor Federico Pizzarotti blames the FIGC for the Parma crisis as President Carlo Tavecchio promises the club will play the rest of the season.

The Ducali are in disarray after President Giampietro Manenti failed to meet deadlines for the payments of the club's debts, resulting in last Sunday's game against Udinese being cancelled.

Manenti was expected today to meet with Pizzarotti and the representatives of the Italian tribunal to discuss bankruptcy.

But the summit has been deferred to tomorrow, according to reports and now the city’s mayor.

“Manenti couldn't make it today because of personal problems,” said Pizzarotti at Radio Anch'io lo Sport.

“But he's not the one who disappointed me. Rather I was let down by the regulations of the FIGC.

“How can you buy a club with no guarantees? They caused distress to the city and to the world of football.

“When a team bears the name of a city, there has to be dignity and transparency in communications.”

Pizzarotti's words come in the wake of statements by FIGC President Tavecchio saying that other Serie A clubs would pay the expenses for Parma to finish their campaign in Serie A.

“Parma will make it to the end of the and I believe the clubs and the League will want to contribute so as to avoid an otherwise damaging event,” said Tavecchio yesterday.

“There are many convergent interests, and the clubs won't forsake their opportunity to save Parma.”

Tavecchio's statements were met with a positive response today by Sampdoria President Massimo Ferrero, who committed himself to saving Parma in an open letter published today.

But the popular reaction so far is bitter, as protesters took to the streets in Parma yesterday after the game was cancelled.

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