A SEVERED pig’s HEAD was left outside Italian side SPAL’s training ground by fans furious at their relegation from Serie A.
A group of ultras pulled the grim move after their team dropped out of Italy’s top flight after three seasons.
SPAL finished bottom of Serie A after their ham-fisted attempts to stay up fell short.
Hardcore fans of the Ferrara-based club attacked their GB Fabbri training centre earlier this week.
They left the grisly pig’s head at the main entrance, and also draped a banner reading: “Pigs Of Ferrara Out.”
Valentina Ferozzi, the president of SPAL’s training centre. said: “You can protest, but there are things you can and can’t do.
“I don’t know who it was who hung the banner on the training ground.
“But to use a poor pig’s decapitated head is in truly bad taste. It certainly does our fanbase no credit.
“They deserve better for the way they have always behaved.”
The gruesome gesture evoked memories of Portuguese legend Luis Figo.
Barcelona fans flung a pig’s head at their former idol in 2002 when he played for Real Madrid at the Nou Camp.
Luigi Di Biagio’s SPAL saw their three-year spell in Italy’s top flight come to an end following Wednesday’s 3-0 loss at Hellas Verona.
Their threadbare squad included French midfielder Bryan Dabo, who had a loan spell with Blackburn in 2014 without making a first-team appearance.