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Serie A matches to start late in solidarity move for Parma

February 26, 2015

PARMA, Italy (AP) — The Italian Players Association has announced that all squads will go out onto the pitch 15 minutes late in the upcoming Serie A round in a show of solidarity for crisis-hit Parma.

Last weekend’s home match against Udinese was postponed indefinitely because Parma couldn’t afford to pay for security and electricity, and it remains uncertain if the last-place club will be able to travel to Sunday’s game at Genoa.

The players have not been paid all season, and a bankruptcy hearing has been set for March 19.

The AIC says there should “be some serious reflection over the rules for entering leagues,” and on the financial resources of clubs “to avoid repeating similar situations at any professional level.”

After the weekend matches, leader Juventus meets second-place Roma on Monday.

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