Parma fans will rejoice as it was announced that their five points deduction for this season has been overturned and replaced with a fine.
The deduction was originally given by the Italian Football Federation for messages sent by forward Emanuele Calaio to Spezia players asking them to “Go easy” ahead of their clash with Parma in Serie B last season.
The FIGC said that in his communications with former teammate Pippein De Col the forward had tried ‘to get less commitment from the players of Spezia’. However, Calaio had insisted that the message was a joke between friends.
The punishment for Calaio has also been reduced, as his initial ban of two years and fine of €20,000 was changed to five months and his fine was increased to €30,000. This means that Calaio will only miss the first half of Serie A and will be available near the start of 2019.
In a statement on their club website, CEO Luca Carra said:
In these months, we’ve asked our fans to trust us and stay close to us.
For this, we are proud to have shown that those who shout and create controversies in newspapers have frequently been people who were wrong and had nothing to lose.
Above all, the fans can be proud, as we all are, of a club that was reborn from the ashes and in three years achieved something that had never happened before.
Above all, it’s something that nobody will ever be able to tarnish.
This leaves Parma on level pegging with the rest of the division heading into next weekend’s opener against Udinese.