Struggling Serie B side U.S. Latina Calcio are not only fighting relegation but also bankruptcy. A court hearing in Latina lasting an hour had the club put forward a plan to keep itself in existence.
Latina Calcio staving off bankruptcy
Latina Calcio’s administrator Benedetto Mancini told reporters outside the court that he had worked hard to provide enough information to stave off bankruptcy for the club, and that players would be paid before deadlines expired. Mancini was quick to confirm that despite the heavy financial constraints Latina Calcio was suffering, money had been put aside to pay player and staff salaries and keep the club running for the time being.
The club have had a somewhat chequered existence, having reformed four times in its 72-year history. Latino Calcio have only actually been in Serie B since 2013, finishing an incredible third in their debut season before losing to Cesena in the play-offs.
The majority of their existence has seen them bouncing around the various Lega Pro divisions with their first ever trophy coming in the 2012-13 promotion season when they won the Coppa Italia Lega Pro, beating Viareggio in the final.
Latina Calcio performance in Serie B
Latina have not had much joy of late, losing their last three games and having won only one of their last eleven – a 1-0 home win over Verona. Their descent down the table was marked by a spell of seven consecutive draws lasting from the end of November right through to the winter break.
Having finished 16th last season, Latina Calcio find themselves in 19th place currently, one point and two places away from complete safety and one point and place above the direct relegation slots to Lega Pro.
They face 12th placed Novara at home on Friday night as they look to put their off the field troubles behind them and get out of the relegation scrap.
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