Parma Crisis Deepens With Club Forced To Postpone Udinese Game



Parma's scheduled Serie A clash with Udinese on Sunday has been postponed because of the club's perilous financial problems.

Captain Alessando Lucarelli has admitted that the players are running out of patience as they continue to wait for their wages to be paid

The Gialloblu are over €100 million in debt and, having already been hit with a one-point penalty in Serie A for failing to pay their players and staff, are now facing further sanctions over unpaid wages.

Parma missed Monday's deadline for settling their debts but club president Giampietro Manenti, whose MAPEI group bought the Stadio Tardini side for €1 last week, subsequently claimed that the money had been transferred and that the situation would soon be resolved.

However, coach Roberto Donadoni cancelled training on Friday and captain Alessandro Lucarelli admitted that he and his team-mates are on the verge of ripping up their contracts.

"We talked [on Thursday] with the president, who told us that the problem is just getting the money transferred into our accounts," he told SportMediaset.

"He said the money has been paid, but we're running out of patience. It's time for facts. We gave a precise deadline and now we must act as a team."

Parma mayor Federico Pizzarotti attended a meeting with Donadoni, his players and officials from the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) on Friday and conceded afterwards that the Gialloblu are edging ever closer to the point of no return.

"Enough is enough," he stated. "The situation is in progress, we're talking with all the involved parties, but at the moment there are no guarantees. Just words, not deeds."

As a result of the current impasse, Lega Calcio informed Udinese on Friday that they do not have to travel to the Tardini on Sunday.

"We just received an advisory to stay in Udine because the game won't be played," the Zebrette's sporting director Cristiano Giaretta told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

Parma currently sit bottom of Serie A with 10 points from 23 matches, 13 points from safety.