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Good news for Parma and Emanuele Calaio

VERCELLI, ITALY - APRIL 28: Simone Gozzi (R) of Pro Vercelli FC competes with Emanuele Calaio of Parma Calcio during the serie B match between Pro Vercelli FC and Parma Calcio at Stadio Silvio Piola on April 28, 2018 in Vercelli, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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The Italian club has had its 5-point penalty removed, while forward Calaio saw his 2-year ban punishment reduced to just six months

Ahead of the start of the 2018-2019 Italian Serie A season, club Parma has received good news from the Italian Football Federation.

Reported by Fox Sports, the newly promoted team will not start the season with minus five points as was previously programmed.

And to add to the good news, forward Emanuele Calaio saw his 2-year ban reduced to just six months.

The attacker will be able to play with Parma starting January 1st, 2019.

The footballer was punished because he sent four messages on WhatsApp to Spezia’s defender Filippo De Col, saying he shouldn’t try too hard.

He also encouraged Claudio Terzi to do the same.

The match was won by Parma and automatically qualified from Serie B to Serie A, which raised suspicions.

Calaio has insisted that it was a joke and no harm was intended.