Outspoken Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini is facing three months out of the game after being disciplined for comments he made in the media.
The Lega Calcio’s disciplinary commission took a dim view of an interview with Zamparini after Palermo’s 0-0 draw with AC Milan on February 28.
They ruled against the fiery patron for "expressing judgements damaging to the reputation of the game and its organisms in the media."
In a stinging tirade, Zamparini hit out at calcio’s organisation, reserving his most venomous attack for the referee designation panel who he claimed "had a guilty conscience."
"I can’t say anything about the referee designators, so should I blame God or the Pope," he raged. "They have it in for me because I come on TV and tell the truth and when they can they get revenge."
Zamparini has regularly criticised refereeing decisions this term and his mood is unlikely to be brightened by a £7,000 fine.
Meanwhile Zamparini has denied approaching Sven Goran Eriksson to become the Sicilian side’s new coach. Francesco Guidolin was sacked on Monday following the 4-3 home defeat to Parma on Sunday proving. He was replaced for the remainder of the season by his assistant Renzo Gobbo and youth team boss Rosario Pergolizzi.
However, Il Corriere dello Sport suggested on Thursday that the former Lazio and England boss had been contacted by the Sicilian outfit with a view to becoming their new coach. "That isn’t true, I would rather say that he called us and offered to come to Palermo," said Zamparini to Stadionews.