Carpi concerned by possibility of a Palermo and Hellas Verona 'agreement'
The owner of Serie A club Carpi has called on the authorities to keep a close eye on the final match of the league season between Palermo and Hellas Verona, since he claims the result of that game could be fixed.
Carpi need to beat Udinese on the final day of the season to stand any chance of avoiding an immediate return back to Serie B. Even a draw would be enough to keep them up, but they are nevertheless reliant on the outcome of Palermo's clash with already-relegated Hellas.
A win for the Rosaneri would keep the Sicilians up no matter what Carpi manage and -- after it was reported how Hellas could be set for a relegation windfall if Carpi join them in relegation rather than Palermo -- Carpi's owner Stefano Bonacini has alerted the authorities to a possible agreement in that fixture.
"If we are relegated and Verona play a good game, then we will accept our relegation," he told Sky Sport Italia. "But they have got to behave sportingly.
"[Palermo president Maurizio] Zamparini raised doubts about the game between Verona and Frosinone, saying clearly that the Hellas defender [Eros] Pisano turned the other way for the [Frosinone] winning goal and then a week later, the same Palermo president questioned the referee of Carpi-Empoli, a game we won in the final four minutes, and he has even admitted that he has been acting cheekily.
"So we have already presented, through our solicitor [Mattia] Grassani, a document to the state prosecutor, explaining all of the things that we believe he must watch out for and asking him to pay the greatest possible attention to Palermo vs. Verona."
Both fixtures kick off at the same time on Sunday, with either Carpi or Palermo set to join Hellas and Frosinone in relegation to Serie B.
Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.