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Bologna coach Malesani forced to answer financial fears

Bologna coach Alberto Malesani is trying to be as diplomatic as possible over the club's financial and ownership crisis.

A series of complaints have been made with goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano, ex-Coach Franco Colomba and former owners the Menarini family claiming they have not been paid.

"In these situations it's too easy to grab hold of alibis. It would be a grave error," warned Malesani. "We have a great opportunity to show our moral and professional qualities.

"I never had any suspicions about the way the club was being run. I always cheer on the company I am with, even when I used to work for an office supply manufacturer. In purely professional terms, nothing has happened as far as I'm concerned and I trust the current President to resolve the problems."

After Viviano's agent complained he had not been paid in months, there are fears some players could demand a January move or even to sue the club for breach of contract.

"We are people with very fortunate lifestyles and it is our duty to behave professionally," replied Malesani.

"All we can do is pour out our talents on the pitch and I am 100 per cent sure my lads will not disappoint.

"It was wonderful to see the fans at our training session and they really fired us up. Let us not forget that the real owner of Bologna is the city and its fans.

"Players come and go, so do Coaches and Presidents, but the club remains."

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