After seven points from three games, things looked like they were turning for crisis-club Parma, but this past week has rubbed salt in the wounds of the club after a Serie A defeat and four points deducted, reports Sky Sports.
Parma have had a woeful campaign on and off the field after they went into financial meltdown following unpaid bills at the end of last season. Despite finishing sixth in the league, the club were banned from the Europa League due to financial issues, and since then, things have continued to get worse and worse.
Season of Woes
Four different owners in one season, forfeiting matches, points deductions and bankruptcy have all hit the club this season and they currently sit bottom of the Serie A table with just 12 points from 30 games.
Over the season, Parma have had points deduced throughout due to financial issues and on Thursday, the Italian football federation announced that a further four points will be deducted from the club.
Survival Hopes Dampened
The Serie A has just eight games remaining and it's looking likely that Parma will be a Serie B team next season, but they face the real issue of becoming extinct completely due to the financial crisis they are currently in.
The club have only managed to continue this far into the season due to the other teams in the Italian league giving them a loan in order to fulfill their obligations to the league.
The 19 other teams all contributed to the club and offered them help to end the season and play all of their remaining games, but the long-term vision looks dim for the historic club as they sit in massive debts, tallying up to nearly £150million.
Despite the horror off the field, Parma managed to pick up an impressive draw away at Inter Milan before beating Udinese and then shocking Serie A Champions Juventus.
However, their impressive run and turnaround came to an end when they lost 2-0 to Genoa. They did manage to secure a 2-2 draw with Empoli this past weekend, however.
Throughout the season, Parma have now been docked seven points in total for financial issues and unpaid bills meaning their chances of survival are all-but over.
To make things worse, none of the Parma players have been paid all season so the end of the campaign cannot come soon enough for the club, but their future could be even more alerting due to their financial worries.