Torino eye European chance

Torino are ready to play in next season's Europa League after Parma's failed attempt to acquire a UEFA licence.

Last Updated: 30/05/14 at 14:52 Post Comment

Torino: Could play in next season's Europa League

Torino: Could play in next season's Europa League

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Parma finished sixth in Serie A, one place and one point clear of Torino, and had looked set to compete in the continental competition.

After twice being refused the licence by Italy's Football Federation (FIGC), Parma appealed to the country's Olympic Committee's High Court of Justice, but that was rejected on Thursday.

Both sporting governing bodies made their decisions based on the club's financial irregularities.

"After our fantastic campaign, to have a chance to play in Europe represents an important achievement," Torino president Urbano Cairo said on the club's official website, www.torinofc.it.

"I am saddened for Parma. (Club president Tommaso) Ghirardi is a friend of mine and I can only imagine his bitterness.

"On the pitch, they finished one point above us and we congratulated them for that.

"However, in order to play in Europe you not only need a sporting result.

"With respect to us, I can only say that we are happy for our fans that had so much desire to see the team obtain this result.

"I'm happy for my team that played a great season, for our coach (Giampiero Ventura) and for all our club members.

"This is the icing on the cake."

Clubs must have a UEFA licence to compete in Europe.

Torino, UEFA Cup runners-up in the 1991-92 campaign, have not played in Europe since 2002, when they competed in the Intertoto Cup.

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

'Fine' Akinfeev grateful for support

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev has thanked well-wishers for their support after being struck by a lit flare thrown from the crowd against Montenegro on Friday night.

Harry Kane says debut England goal is a 'dream come true'

Harry Kane said his first goal for England was "a dream come true" after he scored 79 seconds into his debut appearance.

Roy Hodgson hails Harry Kane's impact after goal on England debut

Roy Hodgson led the plaudits for Harry Kane after his ‘fairytale’ international debut in England's win over Lithuania.

Mail Box

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company