Match-fixing: Parma striker Emanuele Calaio banned and membership given factors deduction
Parma striker Emanuele Calaio has been banned for 2 years for match-fixing.
Parma have additionally been deducted 5 factors for the 2018-19 Serie A season and Calaio, 36, has been fined 20,000 euros (£17,800).
Italy’s National Federal Court (TFN) imposed the sanctions after Calaio despatched “suspicious messages” to a few of his former team-mates earlier than Spezia performed Parma on 18 Might.
Parma won the game 2-0 to safe promotion again to Italy’s prime flight.
Calaio, who left Spezia to affix Parma in 2016, contacted Spezia gamers Filippo de Col and Claudio Terzi earlier than the sport through messaging service WhatsApp.
Prosecutors began investigating in June and Parma denied any wrongdoing, saying the messages “do not include any form of irregularity or malice”.
However Calaio was charged with match-fixing in July, when the Italian FA handed the case to the TFN, and the messages have been deemed to affect the sport by “eliciting a lowered effort” from De Col and Terzi.
Parma have been relegated to Serie D after being declared bankrupt in 2015, however will return to Serie A after three successive promotions.
The win over Spezia sealed second place in Serie B final season as rivals Frosinone might solely handle a 2-2 draw in opposition to Foggia.