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Serie B playoffs postponed as Bari face points deduction

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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...

 By Ben Gladwell

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...

 By Ben Gladwell

Foggia fan apologises over wheelchair use, denies faking a disability

With Juventus now ahead of Napoli in Serie A, Gab Marcotti examines whether the Partenopei are still capable of ending Juve's six-year run as champions.

A fan of Italian Serie B club Foggia has apologised after being caught on camera entering the stadium for the game against Cesena in a wheelchair and then walking up steps to take his place in the stand.

A video of the fan arriving in the wheelchair, with fans shouting "it's a miracle!" and "God exists!" after he climbed up the stairs, was published on Blitz TV's YouTube channel.

In response, Foggia said in a statement published on their website that "having seen with disgust and horror the video...

Serie A observes silence for Anne Frank reading to oppose anti-Semitism

Diego Perotti's penalty ten minutes into the match proved to be all Roma needed to hold off Crotone for a home victory.
Dries Mertens' first-half brace led the way as league leaders Napoli held off Genoa for a 3-2 win.
Juventus made light work of SPAL to maintain pressure on their rivals at the top of Serie A.

A passage from Anne Frank's diary was read before Wednesday's Italian league matches as part of a number of initiatives to condemn the acts of anti-Semitism earlier this week by Lazio fans and to keep alive memories of the Holocaust.

A minute of silence was also observed before each of the Serie A matches kicked off, while Lazio players walked out wearing white T-shirts printed with a photo of Anne Frank and the words "No to anti-Semitism" before their match at Bologna.

They also warmed up in the...