Sunday November 21 2010
Malesani: 'The fans own Bologna'

Bologna may be in total chaos and risk bankruptcy, but Coach Alberto Malesani keeps calm in Napoli. “The real owner of Bologna is the city and its fans.”

The Rossoblu have been deferred to the Disciplinary Commission after failing to pay outstanding wages from May and June.

President Sergio Porcedda bought out the club in the summer, but missed this week's deadline to cover the outstanding wages.

A series of complaints followed with goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano, ex-Coach Franco Colomba and former owners the Menarini family claiming they have not been paid either.

“In these situations it's too easy to grab hold of alibis. It would be a grave error,” warned Coach Malesani ahead of tonight's trip to Napoli. “We have a great opportunity to show our moral and professional qualities.

“I never had any suspicions about the way the club was being run. I always cheer on the company I am with, even when I used to work for an office supply manufacturer. In purely professional terms, nothing has happened as far as I'm concerned and I trust the current President to resolve the problems.”

After Viviano's agent complained he had not been paid in months, there are fears some players could demand a January move or even to sue the club for breach of contract.

“We are people with very fortunate lifestyles and it is our duty to behave professionally,” replied Malesani.

“All we can do is pour out our talents on the pitch and I am 100 per cent sure my lads will not disappoint.

“It was wonderful to see the fans at our training session and they really fired us up. Let us not forget that the real owner of Bologna is the city and its fans.

“Players come and go, so do Coaches and Presidents, but the club remains.”

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