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Serie B: Palermo takeover falls through after owner Maurizio Zamparini rejects offer

Milan: A takeover bid for relegated Italian club Palermo was rejected by its owner Maurizio Zamparini on Saturday, more than four months after it was announced that terms had been agreed to the deal.

File image of Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini. AFP

File image of Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini. AFP

Zamparini said in a statement that the terms offered by US-born businessman and former television comedian Paul Baccaglini were not acceptable.

The volatile Zamparini, 76, who has employed around 40 coaches in 15 years at the club, said he had not slept last night.

"I am forced through love and competence to continue the work necessary to get this club back into Serie A," he said.

Zamparini said in February that he was selling Palermo to a fund led by Baccaglini, who was appointed the president of the club shortly afterwards.

It was originally announced that the deal would be completed by the end of April but the date has been put back several times.

On Saturday, Zamparini called on Baccaglini to resign. Baccaglini has not yet replied to Zamparini's comments.

The Sicilians were relegated from Serie A in May after a typically turbulent season which saw them employ five coaches.

Published Date: Jul 02, 2017 15:20 PM | Updated Date: Jul 02, 2017 15:20 PM

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