Tuesday March 3 2015
Ferrero: 'Leave me alone, Zamparini!'

Sampdoria President Massimo Ferrero has published a statement asking Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini to 'tend his own garden'.

The two Presidents have been at each other's necks for several weeks, with the Blucerchiati head claiming that he received death threats, and his opponent making vitriolic remarks about past events in the mercato.

Now an official statement has appeared on Sampdoria's official website, taking a stance against Zamparini.

“Over the last week, Massimo Ferrero and U.C. Sampdoria chose not to answer the continuous and repeated aspersions cast by Mr. Maurizio Zamparini, President of the U.S. Palermo,” reads the statement.

“Our choice was dictated by the policy which we have been promoting since the beginning of the 2014/15 season - to always present a smiling face for football, with no sterile polemics against the referees or other clubs, at a time that is particularly challenging for the movement of Italian sports and for the current championship.

“However, faced with such repeated provocations, we can't and we won't feign indifference, out of respect for the many Blucerchiati fans that follow the story of the club and the team with such loyalty.

“For this reason Massimo Ferrero and U.C. Sampdoria invite Mr. Maurizio Zamparini to mind the business of U.S. Palermo exclusively, and they reassert once again that for their own part they always behaved in compliance with the rules.

"We have been respectful of the ideal of loyalty in sports, as well as in personal relationships.

“'I've always respected this veteran of football', stresses President Ferrero. 'He, on the other hand, thinks about me all the time.

“'I already have plenty of people courting me and I don't need his attention. I'd like to invite him to tend to his own garden.'”

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