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Struggling Parma docked four more points by Serie A

AFP, MILAN, Italy

Cash-strapped Serie A strugglers Parma now look certain to be relegated after being hit with a four-point penalty by Serie A on Thursday.

Parma, now in administration after going bankrupt, were handed a three-point penalty earlier this season for failing to pay the salaries of players and club employees since July last year.

The club’s players have still to be paid, sparking another points penalty which means Parma now have only 12 points from their five wins and four draws so far after 30 league games.

The sanction was issued by Serie A officials under the aegis of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC). Former club officials Giampietro Manenti and Pietro Leonardi, the former the club’s last president, also saw their bans extended by a further six months.

It comes less than a week after an impressive 1-0 home win over Serie A leaders Juventus and a day after coach Roberto Donadoni complained the club’s roller-coaster season had left its mark on him.

“I’m exhausted,” Donadoni told reporters on Wednesday.

“The Federal Tribunal of the FIGC has sanctioned Parma FC with a four-point penalty and handed six-month bans to Giampietro Manenti and Pietro Leonardi,” a statement on the club’s Web site said.

“It’s not a surprise, it was to be expected given the club’s inability to respect the February deadline for payment,” Parma club captain Alessandro Lucarelli said. “Our league standing has got worse, but our determination remains, as it always has, intact, and we fully intend on keeping our heads high and finish this season in the most positive way possible.”

Second-from-bottom Cagliari are now nine points ahead of Parma, with fellow relegation candidates AC Cesena 10 points ahead of Donadoni’s men, but seven points behind Atalanta BC.

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