MILAN - A peculiar scandal involving
disabled parking badges could inadvertently affect the Serie A
relegation picture this weekend when Bologna will try not to be
distracted when they host fourth-bottom Cesena on Saturday.
Bologna players including top striker Marco Di Vaio and
Italy reserve goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano have been questioned
by prosecutors over allegations some of their cars had disabled
"I cannot say anything," Viviano told reporters on leaving
the state prosecutor's office.
Italian media have become obsessed by the story, with the
club saying the disabled badge belonged to a woman who was a
personal assistant to certain players and thus used their
Cesena, two points above Sampdoria who occupy the last
relegation spot with five games left, will hope to catch their
preoccupied local rivals off guard even if 12th-placed Bologna
are not mathematically safe.
Brescia, second from bottom and four from safety, will be
especially hoping Bologna put the affair out of their minds and
beat Cesena given they welcome their own neighbours on Saturday
in the form of league leaders AC Milan.
Milan are planning to take an hour-long train journey rather
than get caught up in Easter road traffic, such is the club's
attention to detail as they near a first scudetto since 2004.
"Unfortunately I don't play but my concentration is total,"
Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani, who booked the train,
"Now someone else has to go and score a goal."
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against a three-game ban for swearing at a linesman was rejected
and fellow striker Alexandre Pato is injured. Robinho and
Antonio Cassano are set to lead the line.
The Rossoneri are six points clear of second-placed Napoli,
who travel to eighth-placed Palermo looking to recover
from last weekend's 2-1 home defeat by Udinese.
Beleaguered former European Cup finalists Samp travel to
long adrift bottom side Bari, who will be relegated if they lose. Champions Inter Milan, third in the standings, host
Lazio who are just one spot below them.
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