Tuesday February 24 2015
Parma players 'could pay own costs'

Parma players offered to “pay our own costs to play games,” but only if the employees are protected, while another plan is destined to fail.

The Ducali saw their match against Udinese called off on Sunday because the club didn’t have the money to pay for stewards at the Stadio Tardini.

FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio said today Parma will play the away game at Genoa, but captain Alessandro Lucarelli told Sky Sport Italia that’s not certain.

“We are giving people no guarantees. If we don’t feel that Parma are being protected, that we’ve been left alone and have nothing to lose, then we are ready for anything.

“Tavecchio said today we were ready to play on Sunday, but clearly he doesn’t know what the situation really is here.

“He needs to come to Parma and realise what we’ve been through over the last few months.

“If we have 360 degree guarantees for Parma and those who work here, then we are happy to play and even pay our own costs to play the games.

“If not, the regularity of this season is very much in doubt.”

There is another plan on the table which would see all the other Serie A clubs chip in €500,000 to keep Parma afloat to the end of the season.

However, defender Mattia Cassani is well aware this is destined to fail.

“Our lawyer told us this morning that all the Presidents would have to agree. It’d have to be a unanimous decision.

“Of course that’s unlikely that clubs who couldn’t pay €10 for players in January to balance their books would then have to shell out €500,000 to help Parma.”

Sampdoria President Massimo Ferrero has already offered to pay transport costs so Parma can get to Genoa for the game this weekend.

Cesena have already been very vocal in complaining that Parma are being helped when other sides would’ve been left to rot in a similar situation.

“In our view, football clubs are private companies and therefore must try to solve their own problems,” said Cesena President Giorgio Lugaresi.

“I understand Ferrero’s generosity, but this risks being just a drop in the ocean anyway.”

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