Unrest is brewing at FC Como as the club faces demotion to amateur league in Italy.
The Italian Lega Pro side, owned by Akosua Puni, wife of former Chelsea and Ghana international Michael Essien, risks going bankrupt after she failed to pay salaries and bills.
Puni Essien has found it difficult running the lowly rated club that she bought at a bankruptcy auction in March for €237,000 and became President.
The figure was €10,000 more than the starting price, and it made Puni, who is the wife of former Ghana and Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien, the first foreign businesswoman in Italian football.
It appeared all rosy when she acquired the club but her experience could be very short-lived indeed as a deadline passed to register the club with the FIGC (Federation) because the cheque bounced, according to Il Messaggero.
The deadline for registering for the Lega Pro 2017-18 season is this Saturday , but without FIGC affiliation, that is not possible
As things stand, Calcio Como would be forced to begin again from the amateur leagues.
New Coach Mark Iuliano, a former Juventus defender, was presented to the fans, but no new players were signed so far this summer and that began to raise questions.
The club Akosua Puni, a British citizen of Ghanaian descent, bought FC Como for €237,000 at a bankruptcy auction in March. The figure was €10,000 more than the starting price, and it made Puni, who is the wife of former Ghana and Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien, the first foreign businesswoman in Italian football.