New Parma club approved for play after bankruptcy


Parma's Raffaele Palladino, left, celebrates with his teammates after scoring against Napoli during a Serie A soccer match at Tardini stadium in Parma, Italy, Sunday, May 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini)

PARMA, Italy — A new Parma club backed by pasta maker Guido Barilla and other business executives has been approved to compete in Serie D after the previous squad went bankrupt.

The Italian football federation chose the team named Parma Calcio 1913 — after the founding year of the city’s original squad — over another entrant led by Giuseppe Corrado, who runs a national cinema chain.

Parma Calcio 1913 has the backing of the city’s mayor.

In March, Parma was declared bankrupt with debts of more than 200 million euros ($220 million). After finishing last in Serie A, Parma was disbanded when no buyer came forward willing to take on the debt.

The new team’s president is former coach Nevio Scala, the 67-year-old who led Parma to three European trophies in the 1990s.

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