Parma handed five -oint deduction and star striker banned for two years over match-fixing investigation

PARMA will start next season in Serie A but begin with a huge disadvantage after a match-fixing investigation.

The newly-promoted giant’s return to the top-flight was at risk over “suspicious messages” sent before they beat Spezia to seal their spot.

Parma celebrate after beating Spezia 2-0 to secure promotion
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The fallen giants have gone up three seasons in a row since going bankrupt
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Italy’s National Federal Court (TFN) has slapped a five-point deduction on the fallen giants – and banned star striker Emanuele Calaio for two years.

Calaio, 36, left Spezia for Parma in 2016 and controversially contacted former team-mates Filippo de Col and Claudio Terzi via WhatsApp before the key game.

He has also been fined £17,800 over the messages.

Calaio – who scored 13 league goals last season – was charged with match-fixing in July with the ace accused of “eliciting a reduced effort” from De Col and Terzi.

Veteran striker Emanuele Calaio, right, has been banned for two years
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Parma will begin next season on minus five points
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Parma were relegated to Serie D after going bankrupt in 2015 but won three promotions in a row to take their place in the top flight.

The club have declared they will appeal the verdict – insisting the messages “don’t contain any sort of irregularity or malice”.


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Speaking last week, Calaio maintained he was completely innocent, explaining: “I’ve had a summer of Hell.

“I’m here in front of you for three stupid, harmless and joking messages that didn’t have any second purpose.

Parma and Emanuele Calaio both maintain their innocence
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“I wasn’t thinking about making things easier for my team-mates or altering the result of the match.

“I don’t do those things, I’m a clean and correct person and I’m sorry Spezia and my former team-mates aren’t here to testify that I’ve always been an example for youngsters.

“I don’t want my career to end over something that has nothing to do with me.”

 

 

 

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