Parma striker Emanuele Calaio has been banned for two years for match fixing.

Parma striker Emanuele Calaio has been banned for two years for match fixing.

Parma striker Emanuele Calaiò has been banned for two years for attempted match-fixing while the club was given five points deduction for the 2018-19 Serie A season.

Calaiò who left Spezia in 2016, sent "suspicious messages" to some of his former team-mates before before the final match of the Serie B season in May, with Parma needing to beat Spezia to secure automatic promotion. Calaiò was fined €20,000 (£17,800) on Monday.

Parma denied any wrongdoing and said they will appeal the ruling.

The match in question finished 2-0 to Parma, which ensured they finished second in the Serie B standings to return to Italy’s top flight.

The club were relegated to Serie D after being declared bankrupt in 2015, but will return to Serie A after three consecutive promotions.