Parma striker Emanuele Calaio has been handed a two-year ban from football due to match fixing. The National Federal Court of Italy has imposed the ban on Calaio. Calaio has been fined €20000. Parma who gained promotion to this season’s Serie A, have already been deducted five points.
Calaio is believed to have sent “suspicious messages” through WhatsApp to two his former teammates at his former club Spezia before the match between Spezia and Parma on 18 May. Parma eventually won 2-0 and this confirmed their promotion to the Serie A. The two players who Calaio contacted are Flililppo de Col and Claudio Terzi.
In June, investigations began and Parma denied any foul play, stating that the messages “don’t contain any sort of irregularity or malice”. Calaio was eventually charged with match fixing this month when the Italian FA passed on the case to the National Federal Court. The messages sent to the Spezia players had content elucidating “influencing the result of the Parma-Spezia match by eliciting a reduced effort”.
Parma’s promotion from Serie D to Serie A in three years has been tainted before the start of the season.
Emanuele Calaio began his professional footballing career in 1999 when he was aged 17. He has played in Italy all throughout his career. So far, Calaio has played 577 matches, scoring 194 goals and providing 44 assists. With his age already 36, it is highly unlikely that Calaio will be able to play professional football following the end of his ban.