Parma may lose Europa League place in cruel twist

Parma fans at Ennio Tardini

Parma's fairytale last-gasp Europa League qualification may become a nightmare as they have been refused a UEFA license.

With the title race in Italy decided, the true drama came in the tight battle for the final Europa League qualification place, which Parma sealed at the death.

Coming into the final day, Torino held the final European berth while Parma were hot on their heels, followed by AC Milan.

Parma did their part by beating relegated Livorno 2-0, which ended Milan's hopes, but they needed Torino to fail to beat Fiorentina in order to get the valuable sixth spot.

Torino trailed 2-1 until the 84th minute when Jasmin Kurtic's free-kick put them level. And in the dying seconds, Torino were awarded a dubious penalty that gave them the chance of their first foray into Europe for 20 years.

One of Torino's heroes of the season, Alessio Cerci stepped up but saw his kick saved, sending Parma into Europe.

But, in a bizarre twist, Torino could be handed the place after all as Parma have been rejected the necessary UEFA licence for playing in the Europa League.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the rejection comes down to a missed tax payment of around £240,000, which the club didn't realise they needed to pay.

Parma will have the chance to appeal on May 28 at the High Court of Justice but if that fails Torino will be given their place.

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