Parma coach Roberto Donadoni was left “disgusted” by comments made by Napoli’s players and directors after their meeting on Sunday which ended 2-2.
Failure to win at Parma has hurt Napoli’s chances to climb into the top three in Serie A, which is needed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
According to Donadoni, several Napoli players told their Parma counterparts they should have been willing to lose their game since they are already relegated. “I was there and I heard what was said after the game,” Donadoni said to the Italian press. “To have people tell us that we should lose just because we are bankrupt and already relegated is disgusting and shameful.”
After the final whistle at the Tardini stadium, Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain had to be pulled away after a heated discussion with Parma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante.
Reports in Italy also claimed Napoli sporting director Riccardo Bigon traded insults with Parma midfielder Daniele Galloppa in the tunnel.
“It wasn’t just Higuain, but a few other players that said the same things on the field during the game,” Donadoni said. “When you hear something like that from a club director, though, it’s a real tragedy.
“This is all incredible and it does little honour to our world and to sport in general. I don’t want to name names, if I have something to say to these people, I will do so directly.”
Parma were declared bankrupt last month and was relegated after a 4-0 defeat at Lazio on April 29.
Parma’s players and staff have not been paid since last summer.
Napoli, who have not allowed their players to speak to the media for the past two weeks, did release a statement which read: “All the protests at the final whistle were exclusively based on the continual time-wasting.
“None of these protests had anything to do with Parma’s effort, which obviously was impeccable.”
Meanwhile in Germany, Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has joked he would have announced his resignation sooner if he had known it would improve their form.
Dortmund have moved from 10th to seventh, a Europa League position, after four games unbeaten since Klopp announced he will leave
“If I’d known before the start of the season that we’d put such a winning run together, I’d have announced my departure back then,” Klopp said.
“Seventh place feels brilliant.”
Dortmund have finished in the top two for the past four seasons, but were in bottom place in February.
Dortmund could have gone sixth had Augsburg not beaten champions Bayern Munich 1-0. “We joked around in the changing rooms because it’s typical that just when you need Bayern, they let you down,” said right-back Lukasz Piszczek.”
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