Parma soccer boss in graft probe

Ghirardi 'got rent discount for giving mayor press officer'

Parma soccer boss in graft probe

(see previous). ANSA) - Parma, January 16 - Parma soccer boss Tommaso Ghirardi is among several people under investigation for suspected graft in the northern Italian city, judicial sources said Wednesday. The chairman of the Serie A club allegedly got a discount on rent at the city stadium in exchange for giving former mayor Pietro Vignali a press officer, police said. Vignali, a 44-year-old who served as mayor of Parma from 2007 to 2011 on a centre-right ticket, is accused of misappropriation of public money and corruption. Investigators believe he illegally used city money for electoral-campaign spending and was involved in relatives and friends obtaining jobs in public bodies. From 2001 to 2007, Vignali was Parma's executive councillor for environment and transportation. He was forced to resign on September 28, 2011 after a number of city officials and members of his city executive were implicated in a corruption probe. Vignali's resignation led to early elections in May 2012 won by Parma's current mayor, Federico Pizzarotti, a member of comedian Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S). Parma are joint eighth in Serie A, 15 points behind leaders Juventus.

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