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Parma feels hurt by FIGC's snub

English.news.cn   2014-05-30 22:16:03

ROME, May 30 (Xinhua) -- Parma released an official statement full of innuendos on Friday to make public their frustration at being denied the chance to play at next season's UEFA Europa League.

Parma finished at sixth place in Serie A this season, a position that should qualify them for the qualifying rounds of the tournament.

But the Italian Soccer Association (FIGC) refused to grant Parma the license to compete in Europe due to an unpaid tax bill.

The Parma club found it hard to accept.

"Yesterday afternoon came the news that none us ever wanted to read or hear," the statement read.

"We do not hide our state of mind - it was a real blow, an indescribable feeling. After touching the sky, then came the news we didn' t want to hear," it said.

Then Parma seemed to suggest something more than their frustration.

"The feeling remains that there was an injustice. We have not bought games, shut referees in dressing rooms or administered EPO to our players," they said in the statement.

"We haven' t distorted the championship, as has been known to happen in our beautiful country."

"We achieved this through honesty. To see all this work thrown into the wind really hurts," the statement said.

Editor: Bi Mingxin
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