Serie A: Parma handed five-point deduction for match-fixing; striker Emanuele Calaio banned for two years

Serie A club Parma have been penalised for their involvement in a match-fixing scandal, after suspicious messages were found on striker Emanuele Calaio 's phone.

Reuters July 23, 2018 20:56:17 IST
Serie A: Parma handed five-point deduction for match-fixing; striker Emanuele Calaio banned for two years

Parma striker Emanuele Calaio has been banned for two years for match fixing, while the Italian club will start the 2018-19 Serie A campaign with a five point deduction, the nation’s soccer federation (FIGC) said on Monday.

Serie A Parma handed fivepoint deduction for matchfixing striker Emanuele Calaio banned for two years

Parma have just fought their way back into the Serie A after three back-to-back promotions. Reuters

Italy’s National Federal Court (TFN) imposed the sanctions after Calaio sent “suspicious messages” to some of his former team mates ahead of Spezia’s Serie B match against Parma on 18 May. The 36-year-old Calaio has also been 20,000 euros ($23,446) for the incident.

Parma denied any wrongdoing and said they will appeal the ruling. The match in question finished 2-0 to Parma, which ensured they finished second in the Serie B standings to return to Italy’s top flight.

The club were relegated to Serie D after being declared bankrupt in 2015, but will return to Serie A after three consecutive promotions. “Parma Calcio 1913 takes note of today’s ruling from the National Federal Court with extreme disappointment,” the club said in a statement.

“We believe that the sentence handed to our registered player Emanuele Calaio with respect to the facts that led to the legal process is abnormal, unjust and inconsistent with recent decisions made in sporting justice, considering the extremely heavy sanction applied to our club on the grounds of objective responsibility," the statement added.

They went on to firmly state that they were innocent, saying, “we believe that Parma Calcio 1913’s total lack of involvement in any unlawful behaviour will be recognised by the Federal Court of Appeal which we will approach in the shortest time possible in the hope of finding justice.”

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Tottenham Hotspur host West Ham in England, Villarreal host Valencia in derby in LaLiga
Sports

Tottenham Hotspur host West Ham in England, Villarreal host Valencia in derby in LaLiga

Around European football on Sunday, Gareth Bale would be hopeful of featuring against West Ham in his return to Tottenham. In Spain, Valencia play Villarreal in derby.

Serie A: Roma equalise thrice in 3-3 draw to end AC Milan's perfect start to the season
Sports

Serie A: Roma equalise thrice in 3-3 draw to end AC Milan's perfect start to the season

AC Milan’s perfect start to the Serie A season ended with a 3-3 draw against Roma on Monday but the Rossoneri still moved two points clear of Napoli and Sassuolo.

Italy going back to games with no fans in stadiums due to rising coronavirus cases
Sports

Italy going back to games with no fans in stadiums due to rising coronavirus cases

The new decree says professional games are allowed in outdoor venues “without fans in attendance.”