Parma drop into relegation zone amid controversy

Furious Parma Chief Executive Pietro Leonardi launched a scathing attack on Italian officials following Sunday’s 3-1 home defeat to Napoli, which leaves the Gialloblu languishing in 17th place.
Parma have suffered from poor refereeing decisions all season, according to Leonardi, and are now in danger of losing their Serie A status.
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, Leonardi said: “I’ve kept quiet all this time, but now I am fed up. After nine penalties, after the third game in a row where we ended the game with ten men following a referee’s mistake, after Hamsik’s goal this evening that was offside, Parma have had enough.”
Pasquale Marino’s position now looks under threat as second half goals from Hamsik, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Christian Maggio cancelled out ex-Juventus striker Raffaele Palladino’s crisp first-half strike.
The hosts saw Daniele Galloppa sent off midway through the second half for a poor challenge on Hamsik, which all but ended their hopes of a comeback.
“Bearing in mind that everyone else has a moan about the slightest incident, we now say we’ve had enough. If deserved, Parma will be relegated and we will accept our responsibility and share of the blame, but now we’ve had enough,” added Leonardi.
Parma travel to Stadio Luigi Ferraris to face fellow relegation candidates Sampdoria on Sunday – the Genoa based side only two points clear of the relegation zone in 15th place.

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