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Parma handed five-point deduction but keep Serie A place

Parma will start next season with a five-point deduction and without Emanuele Calaio, who has been banned for two years.

The sanction has been imposed by the Italian Football Association's national tribunal for an alleged match manipulation attempt towards the end of last season in Serie B.

WhatsApp messages from Calaio to several players from Spezia were considered to have been an attempt by the Parma forward to convince the opposition to let them get the win they needed to seal promotion.


Frosinone returns to Serie A after promotion playoff win over Palermo

Frosinone beat Palermo 2-0 in the second leg of their playoff final on Saturday to earn promotion back to Serie A after a two-year absence.

Raffaele Maiello scored early in the first half to erase a 2-1 deficit from the first leg.

That would have been enough to see Frosinone through because they finished higher in the season table, but Camillo Ciano sealed it in stoppage time by finishing off a counter-attack.

Frosinone, located south of Rome, joins Serie B champions Empoli and runners-up Parma...

Serie B playoffs postponed as Bari face points deduction

The Serie B promotion playoffs have been postponed by a week because Bari could be deducted two points on Friday.

Bari were due to host Cittadella on Saturday, with Perugia playing at Venezia the following day.

But if Bari are stripped of two points by the Italian federation for irregular payments, Cittadella would get the home advantage for the playoff match.

The league says both playoff matches will be played on June 3 and the first legs of the semifinals will be played on June 6, with the return...

Once-bankrupt Parma back in Serie A after three successive promotions

Parma players celebrate after earning promotion to Serie A on the last day of the Serie B season.
Parma players celebrate after securing promotion back to Serie A on the final day of the Serie B season.

MILAN -- Parma have earned promotion to Serie A just three years after being declared bankrupt, becoming the first Italian club to earn three successive promotions.

Parma's 2-0 win at Spezia on Friday saw them finish second in Serie B, after Frosinone conceded a late goal to draw 2-2 at home to Foggia. They finished level on points but Parma clinched second courtesy of a better head-to-head record.

Empoli had already earned promotion as Serie B winner, dominating the league by finishing 13 points...

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Italian referees' chief warns over growing number of threats to officials

Borini, left, and Milan's attack was woeful in Sunday's heavy defeat at Verona.
Italian referees are facing increasing intimidation, their association chief has warned.

The head of the Italian Referees' Association (AIA) has warned of a growing number of attacks and threats to officials and called for action to be taken.

Marcello Nicchi told a news conference in Rome that he and colleagues had received bullets in the post and said more needed to be done to halt a growing climate of intimidation.

"There's one professional journalist who, on a television show, said that referees 'have declared war on the people, and when you are in war, you don't just whistle, you...