Wednesday February 1 2012
Marotta makes stadium plea

Last night’s postponed game between Parma and Juventus was another example why the country needs new stadiums, says Beppe Marotta.

The Bianconeri official made that claim after the safety organisation which looks after the Stadio Tardini called off the game due to the snow and freezing temperatures.

“With all due respect to Parma FC and the city itself, you can’t accommodate evening matches in winter months at out-dated structures,” he argued.

“We’ve built a ground capable of dealing with public order problems and viability, but Italian stadiums are considered to be the lowest quality in Europe and this is a negative trend that needs to be overcome.

“If you want to put on a top level spectacle, structure and adequate planning are required.”

There were fears yesterday morning that the tie would not go ahead and Marotta was not surprised with the decision which was eventually taken last night.

“It was foreseeable that this game would not have been able to go ahead,” continued the former Sampdoria official.

“The pitch was completely covered and the safety of the spectators must always be guaranteed.

“If you factor in the road conditions, which would have restricted the operation of any emergency services, it’s clear that the right decision has been made.”

There is talk this morning that the game could now be rescheduled for Wednesday 7 March.

“I call on the will of Parma and the League. Unfortunately neither Parma or Juventus have European commitments so we’ll find an adequate date.”

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