Sunday, 27 May 2007

Del Neri: I won't give in

Chievo have been relegated, but coach Luigi Del Neri insists he’ll stay with the club. Franco Semioli accuses the other sides: "Everyone knew their results."

The Flying Donkeys needed only a point to be sure of safety, but lost 2-0 against Catania on neutral turf at the Stadio Dall’Ara in Bologna and slide into Serie B.

"It is a real shame for the fans who follow this side with such passion, as they did not deserve this verdict," said Del Neri. "The club has shown it has honoured the top flight and hopes this will only be a year-long sabbatical. If the President wants, I will remain even in Serie B, because I am not the type who gives in easily."

Chievo had the better of the first half, but could not make their pressure count and Catania came away with the points.

"Today Catania deserved the victory," conceded the former Roma, Porto and Palermo boss. "We were too tense and couldn’t give our best when we were so anxious."

However, the Flying Donkeys would have stayed up had Reggina, Siena and Parma not beaten Milan, Lazio and Empoli respectively.

"These results were already written. We already knew how it was going to go in the other stadiums," accused midfielder Semioli after the final whistle. "Safety was only really in the balance here, at the Dall’Ara. I repeat, we already knew the other results. It was between Catania and us. You could have bet your life on it."

Milan, Lazio and Empoli lost to struggling sides and had nothing left to play for, having already secured their places in Europe.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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