Cash-strapped club may require help from players to fulfil Serie A fixture list.
After they were forced to cancel their previous Serie A fixture against Udinese, it appears that Parma’s playing squad are doing everything they can to ensure the club see out the rest of the season, reports the Guardian.
Club captain Alessandro Lucarelli has revealed that the players are preparing to drive themselves to their upcoming league match against Genoa.
“Today, we are starting our preparations for the match against Genoa and if there isn’t a bus we’ll get five or six cars together and travel in them. We’re prepared to pay for the trip ourselves,” Lucarelli said.
It has been a turbulent season for Parma – the ownership has changed twice already, and the players are yet to be paid, but it was last week’s postponement that has proved to be the most worrying development for the club.
“It’s like being in a film. We’ve seen everything you could possibly imagine, with four different presidents this season. When we didn’t play yesterday it left me with a bad feeling, it was a Sunday with a bitter taste,” the skipper added.
With time running out for the club to get their finances in order, it is becoming ever more likely that the 1999 UEFA Cup Winners may be competing in Serie D next season. The captain has provided a glimmer of light for the club by assuring fans that if demotion is the only option, he will still remain a Parma player.
“After seven years, I feel like this shirt is mine and I’m available to play for this club at whatever level,” Lucarelli said.