Zamparini blasts Italian football and reiterates desire to sell Palermo

Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini has restated his desire to sell the club after expressing disillusionment with Italian football. The outspoken patron launched another tirade against the ‘forces’ that control the game in Italy and said he felt let down by the whole footballing community.
“I am wanting to find a successor for myself. I am terribly disappointed. Our football, as our country is dominated by power instead of being dictated by sporting values”, said the Sicilian owner in an interview with Radio Anch’io lo Sport.
Zamparini then blasted the financial system and the media institutions in the country claiming they played a part in making the league unattractive to foreign owners: “The powers also put pressure on the media institutions and thus nothing can ever change. Even if we invest 100 million and won the Scudetto, Palermo will still make only the same money it is making now”.
“England, France or Germany should be examples. There meritocracy is adequately rewarded and that is why foreign tycoons prefer to buy clubs in England”, continued the distraught owner. Zampa then took shots at the referees saying they had become an institution on their own: “The referees are victims of the system. This may be my own opinion but I believer they have become another power and become corruptible”.
Palermo were unhappy with many decisions taken during their game with Milan in the midweek fixtures and Zamparini maintained that despite Calciopoli, things had not changed: “When the scandal broke, they hit Moggi and Giraudo. Ok, but the system had to be rotten. The FIGC is a center of bureaucracy that depends on UEFA, another center of bureaucracy. You should come to the league to see what battles I have to fight”.

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