Reports: Serie A club Parma to be dissolved and relegated
According to reports, Italian club Parma is rumoured to be ‘dissolved’, a day after the team had to postpone the game against Udinese. The match was postponed following reports of the team having trouble paying their bills.
The Italian side which had won the Coppa Italia 3 times, and a Supercoppa Italiana are reported of having a debt of €197 million, and had to call off the game which was to be held on Sunday at the Stadio Ennio Tardini, as they were not able to afford the stewards wages.
The staff and players of Parma had not received wages since last July, even though owner Giampietro Manenti had assured the team that the deadline of last Monday would be met.
The once proud club who had finished sixth last season, have been sitting at the bottom the table with only 10 points for most fo the season. The youth team coach Hernan Crespo said that the situation had gotten so bad at one point, that the club could not even afford bottled water during training sessions.
After reports of the cash reserves of the club running out, the Italian Football Federation had no choice but to dissolve the club and automatically relegate them. Even though there is no official confirmation, it is assumed that all of Parma’s remaining matches this year will be taken as a 3-0 loss.
Juventus was the last team in Serie A to be relegated under special circumstances back in 2006.