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Top story: Parma appeal points deduction and striker ban.

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Itialian soccer side Parma are set to appeal the sanctions imposed on them and striker Emanuele Calaiò by Italian Football Federation (FIGC) over what the governing body has classed as attempted match-fixing.

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Parma labelled the five-point deduction, €20,000 (US$23,500) fine and two-year ban for striker Calaiò as “extremely disappointing” and stated plans to appeal the ruling.

The club, who earned promotion to Serie A for the 2018/19 season, were at risk of being denied a place in the Italian top-flight. FIGC’s prosecutor had earlier recommended that Parma either be deducted six points for 2018/19 or two points from the previous season. The latter punishment would have dropped Parma from second to fourth in the Serie B table.

Calaiò and the club were accused of match-fixing after the striker sent messages to two former teammates playing for Spezia ahead of a game Parma needed to win in order to secure automatic promotion. Calaiò claims the messages were jokes taken out of context.

The team released an official statement on the matter: “We consider the sanction on our player Emanuele Calaiò, given the facts that led the charges, to be iniquitous, illogical and in contrast with recent sporting jurisprudence, as is the heavy sanction placed upon our club.”

“We trust that the total innocence of Parma Calcio 1913 with regard to any unlawful behaviour is already recognised by the Corte Federale di Appello, to which we will appeal in very short order in the hope of finding justice.”

The Federal National Court ruling read: “This court holds proven that Calaiò, in the sending the messages in question to former teammate De Col, breached article 7, clause 1 of the Sporting Code of Justice, even though it could be argued that the messages referred to his personal safety.

“It is clear however that the invitation and/or solicitation to avoid challenges on his person, especially with a reduced effort can be considered as an attempt to influence the outcome/unfolding of the match in question.”

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