Lucarelli on Cassano – Don’t forget #10

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Never forget where we come from.

4 years ago, on 25th January 2015, we lost 1-2 against Cesena in Tardini.

That was quite a critical and crucial moment in our worst season and at the end of the match well known Ultras talked with Cassano to get explanation about what was happening (Lucarelli wasn’t in the field because disqualified, otherwise they would call him). We already talked about this event in these articles:

Where we come from 1st August 2018

We are still with Frambo 22nd August 2018

What the most of you maybe don’t know since English edition of Lucarelli biography is not available yet – and we hope it will be one day – is that in his book Captain talked about this episode and revealed important behind the scene:

“Everything felt down at the end of January after match against Cesena. We was in total chaos, last in the ranking and with no salary. We started talking about opportunity to ask for a default, at least to give a signal. On Thursday, I talked to the team and said what I thought it was the best to do: “Guys, don’t make troubles now. Because if now we say they don’t pay us and we loose against Cesena we bring all the shit on us. Let’s prepare this match at our best, let’s put our soul in it and let’s shut up. After the match we will talk and explain the situation in which we are obligated to work”. Everybody agreed. And talking about everybody I mean also Cassano. But something went wrong. After my words it was training time in which Donadoni use to choose the eleven for the match. And Antonio, by the jersey distribution understood he would not start from the beginning of the match. Good heavens! Past season in January transfer session he made troubles because Sampdoria let him understood they were interested in him. This time, with the winter transfer market session still open, he decided to make some press declaration to denounce the situation of the missing payments. Unfortunately the day before he guaranteed me he would not talk about it. He did this without telling it to anybody, just for his benefit. He would like to leave and that was why he made troubles, On Sunday, the crash. I was in tribuna because disqualified, he was in the bench because Donadoni already decided so. Fans, thought Donadoni decision was a punishment for Cassano condemnation words and so started to ask for him, making chorus for him. What made me totally get angry was when I saw him going under the Curva Nord at the end of the match, such a thing he always refused to do at the end of every single match. This time, since it was for his personal benefit, he went to talk to fans and became protagonist of an affair that the day after was on all the newspapers. When I saw that I literally got mad. Because I knew that was personal interest made on people that was silently eating shit. There are not heroes neither fake heroes, it is a all-together fight. As a Team. I left the tribuna jumping on the bleachers and bursted into the locker room through a secondary entrance. As entered, I heard Mirante, a usually quiet person, screaming to Cassano: “You don’t have to act as a Phenomenon!”. That was enough for me to jump toward that team-mate that betrayed our trust. I had just the time to scream at him: “you are a bastard, you are a piece of sh*t”. Then Luca Bucci, goalkeeper trainer, got into the fight […] he understood the situation and lifted me bringing me into the showers. I punched the shower breaking it, but they didn’t let me get off until Cassano left. Soon he would break the contract. […] Our relegation was inevitable. Lost against Cesena was a condemnation. The rest was made by the Milan come back against us in San Siro.”

(badly translated from L’ultima bandiera, Alessandro Lucarelli, Ultra sport, pp. 119-120)

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Every Parma and Football fans should have the chance for reading it.


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