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Broke Parma FC forced to flog off trophies

How about a Uefa cup for your living room table? Or perhaps the Coppa Italia in your bathroom? Football fans now have the opportunity to get their hands on a slice of sporting history as debt-ridden Parma FC sells off all its assets - including trophies.

Broke Parma FC forced to flog off trophies
Everything must go! The entrance to Parma FC's training ground. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Parma FC were wound up earlier this summer after no buyer willing to take on the club's debts which, totalled €143 million.

The club is now selling three Coppa Italias, one Cup Winner's Cup, One European Super Cup, Two Uefa Cups and one Italian Super Cup, all won during the club's glory years between 1992 and 2002.

It's not just the trophies that are up for grabs either. Everything Parma FC must go – even the name Parma FC is being sold alongside all furnishings and fittings from the club's ground and training facilities.

It is likely that Parma will need to appeal to Uefa to get permission to sell off their silverware as current Uefa rules state that “replica trophies awarded to winners of competitions must remain within the relevant club's control at all times and must not leave the club's country without Uefa's prior consent.”

A full inventory of the items can be seen at www.fallimentiparma.com. If you fancy getting your hands on a piece of footballing history, bids must be made by September 11th and accompanied by a ten percent deposit.

Since being wound up, Parma have formed a new team, Parma Calcio 1913, and will begin their new life in Serie D  – the fifth tier of Italian football.

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Euro 2020: Concern about virus spread after Italy players’ ‘unauthorised’ victory parade through Rome

Italy’s national football team reportedly insisted on taking an open-top bus tour through Rome to show off their European Championship trophy to crowds of fans - despite city authorities forbidding it amid concern about the spread of coronavirus.

Euro 2020: Concern about virus spread after Italy players' ‘unauthorised’ victory parade through Rome
Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

The team’s bus parade through the city on Monday night following their Euro 2020 triumph “was not authorised”, according to Matteo Piantedosi the head of Rome’s prefettura (the public safety authority).

Thousands of fans packed the streets of central Rome to see the team celebrate their cup win after beating England on penalties in the final.

READ ALSO: ‘Football came home’: Italy celebrates Euro 2020 victory over England

Piantedosi told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera on Wednesday: “We had denied permission to celebrate Italy’s victory in the European Championships on the open bus, but the pact was not respected.”

Piantedosi, who is Rome’s top public security official, said police had “no choice” but to let the parade go ahead after players Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci insisted on it.

Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

A meeting had been held on Friday with the Italian football federation (FIGC) to discuss plans for the celebrations if Italy won, said Piantedosi.

“I had agreed the line with Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese and Chief of Police Lamberto Giannini,” he said.

“It was clearly explained that [the parade] was not possible. We said we could not authorize it.”

Piantedosi said the Italian football federation (FIGC) initially agreed to hold a “controlled” ceremony in Rome’s central Piazza del Popolo instead of the parade.

After players insisted on the bus tour on Monday however, Piantedosi said, authorities reluctantly let them go ahead due to fears of sparking public disorder.

“At that point we had no choice but to acknowledge the situation and handle it in the best way we could,” he said.

READ ALSO: Covid cases on the rise in Europe once again as WHO warns of Euro 2020 risk

Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

In a statement on Wednesday, the FIGC said it had acted responsibly but decided not to disappoint fans who had come to celebrate with the team.

Footage of large crowds thronging the bus carrying the ‘Azzurri’ and the European Championship trophy through the capital however fuelled concerns about new outbreaks of coronavirus, after Italy’s infection rate began to rise again last week.

The World Health Organization warned earlier this month that crowds and gatherings connected to football matches will fuel a new rise in cases across Europe this summer.

READ ALSO: Delta variant in Italy will be ‘prevalent within 10 days’: health official

Italy’s health minister Roberto Speranza also voiced concerns on Monday about the consequences of people gathering to watch sporting events.

He said the European football championship win was “a great joy after terrible months,” but “even in these moments of national pride we can’t forget that our ‘game’ to defeat Covid is not yet won.”

There are currently minimal health restrictions in place across Italy, however masks are supposed to be worn in crowded public places, including outdoors.

“Footage shows that police were virtually the only ones [in the crowd] wearing masks,” said Piantedosi.

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