Baraldi: Parma too honest

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Parma chief officer Luca Baraldi has lamented what he perceives as an unusual honourable streak in his side.

The Gialloblu lost out 2-0 to Lazio on Sunday, a defeat attributed to crucial penalty decisions by Baraldi, although he acknowledged that Lazio deserved their spot kick after a Daniele Bonera handball.

A relegation battle awaits the side, and now the high-ranking official has suggested that Parma's reluctance to claim for penalties has not paid off.

"On the episode for the penalty in favour of Lazio, I can't talk because there was a clear Bonera handball," said Baraldi.

"But for the penalty we claimed and the referee didn't give, we don't want to make polemics; we are one of the teams that don't claim but surely this behaviour doesn't pay."

The victory was Lazio's third in a row, and helped to ease the Stadio Olimpico outfit's own drop fears.

Giuseppe Papadopulo's side are now seven points away from the bottom four, a distance that their coach believes gives them some breathing space.

"These are important points," said Papadopulo.

"These three points allowed us to join a more calm situation and we did it with our strengths, we want to continue this way."