Parma deducted five points, Calaio given two-year ban

Emanuele Calaio has been banned for sending "suspicious" texts to Spezia players, while Parma starts next term with a points deduction.

Parma striker Emanuele Calaio   -  Getty Images

Parma will start the 2018-19 Serie A season with a five-point deduction as a result of Emanuele Calaio - who has received a two-year ban - sending "suspicious" messages to Spezia players last term.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) had been investigating texts sent by Calaio – who used to play for Spezia – to former team-mates Filippo De Col and Claudio Terzi ahead of the Serie B fixture between the teams at the end of the 2017-18 season.

In the FIGC's case document, which names both De Col and Terzi, it accuses Calaio of "trying to get less competition commitment from the players of Spezia".

Parma won 2-0 to secure a third successive promotion, though media reports suggested it was in danger of having two points from that match voided, subsequently seeing it drop back into the second tier.

However, FIGC has instead punished it for the coming season, while Calaio has been hit with both a lengthy ban and also a €20,000 fine.

The FIGC statement read: "The National Federal Tribunal [TFN], presided by Mario Antonio Scino, has given Parma a penalty of -5 points for the upcoming season in Serie A 2018-19 and a 2 year ban – on top of €20,000 – to the footballer Emanuele Calaio, regarding him being sued by the Federal prosecution for the suspicious text he sent before Spezia v Parma.

"Therefore – as for the TFN's issue – given the principles communicated earlier, this Tribunal believe proven that Calaio, by sending those texts to his former team-mate De Col, tried to fix the game as per article 7.1, deeming irrelevant that he could have spoken only about his own safety. Unfortunately, even if you invite rivals to avoid tackles for your own safety, this can mean an attempt to alter the game."

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