Surf Taiwan News, Browse the World »
Ghirardi leaves Parma over Europa League spat
Parma president Ghirardi resigns, puts club up for sale after being denied Europa League spot
Associated Press
2014-05-30 11:01 PM

PARMA, Italy (AP) -- Parma president Tommaso Ghirardi is resigning and putting the club up for sale after being denied a spot in the Europa League for an underpaid tax bill.

Ghirardi says "you football people should be ashamed with yourselves. They have taken away a deserved success that was earned on the pitch."

On Thursday, Parma lost its appeal against a decision not to grant it a UEFA license for next season and Torino took its place in the Europa League.

Parma was denied the license for underpaying a tax bill by 300,000 euros ($408,000).

Ghirardi says "only someone stupid could think I wanted to save 300,000 euros -- or 0.6 percent of what was owed."

Ghirardi bought Parma in 2007 and rescued it from the financial scandal involving parent company Parmalat.

HOME |  WORLD |  Politics |  Business |  Sports |  Lifestyle |  TAIWAN |  Technology |  Health |  SUPPLEMENT |  Society |  OPINION
  • Taiwan News  ©  2014 All Rights Reserved.