Cash-strapped Parma docked more points

Cash-strapped Parma docked more points
"Closed for robbery" signs at the entrance of Parma's stadium on March 6th. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP
Crisis-hit Serie A club Parma have been docked a further two points and seen former president Tommaso Ghirardi and club official Pietro Leonardi handed four-month bans by league disciplinary officials on Friday.

Parma, who could be declared bankrupt at a hearing scheduled for March 19th, were docked a point in December in relation to unpaid salaries from July, August and September 2014.

Serie A officials had given the club a November 17th deadline to make amends although Parma – sold by Ghirardi days prior to Christmas – have yet to pay the players' salaries.

Last week the Italian professional football league (Lega) voted in favour of loaning Parma €5 million in a bid to help the cash-strapped former Uefa Cup winners see out the remainder of the season.

The Lega said Parma should play until March 19th, when a bankruptcy hearing is due to decide whether the club can continue operating. If it rules no, Parma will not complete its remaining fixtures.

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Photo by Paolo Cocco/AFP

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