Italian FA ‘have a plan for Parma’ – Tavecchio

The club failed to play against Genoa last week amid financial turmoil, but the country’s governing body will help them to fulfil their next fixture

The Italian FA say they have a plan in place to help ensure Parma can play their upcoming Serie A clash with Atalanta.

The club are in a dire financial situation and decided not to play last week’s fixture against Genoa amid fears they will go into liquidation before the season is out.

However, Carlos Tavecchio, the president of the Italian FA, has had a meeting with the city’s mayor which he says has raised the probability of fulfilling Sunday’s fixture.

“We have prepared a plan that has already been subjected to some clubs in Serie A,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I will go to Parma also to illustrate to the players and hope I can convince them of my plan so that they can play on Sunday.

“I’m confident they will play this week, I’d say the chance of that has risen to 50 per cent.”

Parma mayor Federico Pizzarotti admitted that his priority is not keeping the football club alive, but ensuring the debacle doesn’t affect the city itself.

“We are doing our utmost to save the name of the city, not the football club, which will make a path but the club’s position does not interest me.”

Things got worse for Parma on Tuesday when general director Pietro Leonardi resigned due to health reasons.