Tuesday May 10 2011
Parma apologise to fans

Parma general manager Pietro Leonardi apologised to fans for their nervous season, while Amauri has gone under the knife after a domestic accident.

Striker Amauri had surgery today to stabilise the fracture of the fifth metacarpal bone in his right hand.

The Brazilian, on loan from Juventus, had a plaque put in and will be able to resume training tomorrow with the aid of a protective cast. Amauri is therefore set to face his parent club on Sunday.

The result of the game will be fairly irrelevant, as Parma have now secured their Serie A safety.

“Finally we finished the suffering this season,” general manager Leonardi told TeleDucato.

“I take responsibility, as I always have done, and humbly apologise to the fans. After making our fans sweat so much this term, we will start work to ensure they won't go through the same thing next year.

“Our safety is thanks to a few different elements, including the calm brought to the club by Franco Colomba.”

The Coach was brought in following Pasquale Marino's dismissal and put together a series of positive results, including victories over Inter and Udinese.

“I have never generally supported the idea of sacking a tactician, but in this case it did fire up the squad to reach the finish line.

“Colomba accepted our proposal with enthusiasm and we were very lucky to bring him in. We will definitely go on with Colomba next season, as he fits in very well with the Parma project.”