Parma skipper slams lack of concern shown by players at other clubs

Alessandro Lucarelli says solidarity for Parma's cause has been lacking from players at other clubs.

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Parma captain Alessandro Lucarelli admits he is disappointed with the lack of support expressed by his colleagues elsewhere as the club continues to slide towards bankruptcy.

The Gialloblu have estimated debts of 197million euros and were unable to host Udinese in Serie A on Sunday given there is not enough cash available to pay stewards and other matchday staff.

Parma mayor Federico Pizzarotti will meet club owner Giampietro Manenti for crunch talks on Wednesday, with the outcome set to determine whether or not Parma will go into administration.

Defender Lucarelli, who has taken responsibility for maintaining morale in a squad players who have not been paid since July, feels his fellow professionals around Italy have not done enough to back Parma.

"The only colleague who has called me is (Roma goalkeeper) Morgan De Sanctis," he told Tele Radio Stereo.

"From a distance the others, when asked their opinion on our situation, have expressed solidarity but the fact is that no one has got in touch except Roma’s keeper.

"People need to understand that what has happened to us, with Italian football in such a bad way, it could happen to anyone.

"Tomorrow is the decisive day. Tomorrow we will know if (Manenti) is serious or if we will have to take our ledgers to the courtroom."

Should Parma collapse before the end of the season their unfulfilled fixtures will be converted to automatic 3-0 defeats, with results gained thus far – poor as they have been – remaining untouched.

There would be no way for the Ducale club to avoid relegation if that happened, given they have taken only 10 points from 23 games and lie 13 points from safety at the bottom of the Serie A table.

Lucarelli added: "We hope we can finish the season, but we will be watching what the football authorities are doing closely.

"We are behaving in a serious way and we would like the world of football to do the same."

Parma are scheduled to visit Genoa on Sunday afternoon, with players expected to procure their own transport following the seizure of coaches and other vehicles from the Collecchio training base.