A statement released by the Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) this morning states that they have received communication from Zebre outlining their intentions to withdraw from the Guinness Pro 12
The statement released by FIR is as follows (via Google Translate):
“The Rugby Italian Federation has taken note of the communication received from the Company “Zebre Rugby Srl”, in which the writer expressed his renunciation to participate in the Guinness PRO12 2017/18.
“Deliberate the establishment of the ” Zebre Rugby Club Company ” to ensure the participation of two Italian teams in the competition in order to comply with the agreements in place with the Celtic Rugby Board, and determined to appoint the new director of the new company to Mr. Andrea Dalledonne and Mr. Diego Rivetti as the only Mayor, FIR leaders will meet on Monday 24 July in Parma – together with the new directors – members of the staff and players of the franchise to start the operating processes of “Zebre Rugby Club” and define as soon as possible Contracts with technical cadres, athletes and staff of the new Society.”
A meeting will take place today in Parma to discuss how all of this will transpire including the sorting of contracts for the Zebre players.
— Paul Eddison (@pauleddison) July 24, 2017
Based on this statement, ‘Zebre’ as we know it is being dissolved with a new Italian club to then be formed. https://t.co/jdugGvKMIB
— Ben Coles (@bencoles_) July 24, 2017