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Parma players refuse to play - club see game postponed

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Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for Parma Football Club, it has. The players refused to play their weekend match with Genoa due to unpaid wages, according to Sky Sports.

The club are in a serious financial crisis, with debts around £150 million, and after postponing their home game against Udinese last weekend, it was expected that they would take back to the field this weekend due to it being an away game.

Udinese Postponement

The Udinese game was postponed as the club couldn't afford to pay for stewards or security, but both the club president and the club captain reassured fans that this weekend's game with Genoa would go ahead.

Parma were scheduled to face Genoa away from home, and with the club not having to pay for any costings - i.e the stewards - it was believed that the game would go ahead.

Genoa Game

Club captain Alessandro Lucarelli confirmed midweek that the game would go ahead as the players would pay for their own travel if they had to instead of taking a team bus, but the plans were changed later in the week as Lucarelli revealed they asked for a postponement.

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The Genoa game is the second game Parma have called off this season, and with fears that they won't be able to complete the season, the club could be demoted to amateur leagues.

Statement

When asked about the Genoa game, Lucarelli told the club's official website: "We will not play in Genoa. We have requested for the game to be postponed.

"We will not play in Genoa. We have requested for the game to be postponed"

"If they don't grant us that, then we will go on strike and we will be given a 3-0 defeat."

Parma forfeited the game against Udinese, which resulted in a 3-0 loss, and if their postponement this weekend isn't granted, they will suffer another 3-0 defeat. Due to crippling debts, Parma players haven't been paid all season, and they have now been told they will have to wash their own kits as the club cannot afford to run a laundry service.

The Parma players are hopeful they will be playing again soon, but they wanted to postpone this weekend to see what the president can do in the upcoming week.

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