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Parma fixture postponed again

parma-fansGenoa’s Italian Serie A scheduled clash with Parma on Sunday has been postponed due to the visitors’ financial problems. It is the second straight weekend i Gialloblu have been unable to compete, having seen last Sunday’s home game against Udinese also called off.

The Italian Football League, the Lega Serie A, issued a statement in which – following a joint request from the Italian Footballers’ Union (AIC) and the Italian Association of Football Coaches (AIAC), and “given the extraordinary nature of the situation” – it agreed to postpone this weekend’s game at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. The Ducale club are on the brink of bankruptcy and have not paid their players and staff since the summer.

Lega Serie A has reportedly given financial guarantees that Parma will be able to complete the season, with Italian Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio telling the Italian media:

“We received on Thursday an important statement from the Lega Serie A. They have guaranteed the financial aspect for the season to be completed.”

However, Parma captain Alessandro Lucarelli earlier on Friday warned that the troubled club’s players would go on strike if the game was not postponed.

“We will not play in Genoa,” Lucarelli told his club’s official website. ”We have requested for the game to be postponed. ‘If they don’t grant us that, then we will go on strike and we will be given a 3-0 defeat.”

Parma’s new owner Giampietro Manenti has so far failed to provide the resources to sustain the club. The Gialloblu, coached by former Italy tactician Roberto Donadoni, have won just three games all season. Parma, who finished sixth last term, sit at the foot of the table, 13 points adrift of safety with a game in hand.