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Roma chief demands video ref after Champions League exit

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Rome (AFP) – Roma president James Pallotta joined calls for the introduction of the video assistant referee (VAR) to the Champions League after the club crashed out to Liverpool in the semi-finals.

The 7-6 aggregate defeat ended Italian hopes in this year’s competition after Juventus fell to defending champions Real Madrid amid controversy in the quarter-finals.

‘Forza Sean’ – Roma Players Train In Special Shirts In Tribute To Liverpool Fan Attacked Before Last Week’s Champions League Tie (Photos)

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The entire Roma squad donned special t-shirts in a gesture of solidarity with the Liverpool fan who was stabbed and critically injured by hoodlums before last week's Champions League semi-final first leg between the two sides.

Irish fan Sean Cox, 53, was attacked by Roma ultras outside a pub in close proximity to Anfield before the game and has only just been revived from the medically-induced coma he was placed under at hospital in the aftermath.

Roma President James Pallotta Pays Fine And Apologises To Mayor After Leaping Into Fountain To Celebrate Win Over Barcelona

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AS Roma club president James Pallotta has paid a fine and apologised to the mayor after celebrating his side's remarkable win over Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals by leaping into a fountain on thePiazza del Popolo.

Pallotta admitted that he spent the next morning waiting for the phone to ring and, sure enough, it wasn't long before he was forking out €450 (approx £390) to local authorities and saying sorry to Virginia Raggi, the Mayor of Rome.

Fun, Frolics, And Club Presidents Leaping Into Fountains: Amazing Reaction To Roma’s Wondrous Champions League Win Over Barcelona (Photo & Video)

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One thing's for sure, there are going to be several thousand thick heads in the Italian capital city this morning following Roma's truly formidable fightback against Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

The Giallorossi were faced with a 4-1 first-leg deficit to overcome at the Stadio Olimpico and, thanks to goals from Edin Dzeko, Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas, that's exactly what they did eventually sending Barca packing on away goals.

Roma offer olive branch to unsettled Spalletti

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Milan (AFP) – Roma president James Pallotta has called on Luciano Spalletti to stay at the club, amid reports the Serie A giants could plug his eventual departure with Sassuolo coach Eusebio Di Francesco.

“I’d love him to stay, you can see how strategically and tactically well we play with him around,” Pallotta told Italian television following a 3-1 win over Sassuolo on Sunday that left Roma eight points behind leaders Juventus.

Roma Announces Plans For 1.5 Billion Euro Stadium

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Serie A runner-up AS Roma have announced plans for an ambitious £1 Billion (€1.5 billion) plan for a new, privately financed stadium and surrounding business and entertainment centre.

Pending government approval, construction will begin on the city's outskirts by December and last up to two years, the club's American president James Pallotta announced Monday as he handed over a detailed dossier on the project to city authorities.

From Del Piero to Totti: Roma-Juventus and Letting Go of Legends

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There sat Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi on the Roma bench, a pair of anguished sons of the Eternal City. No further part would the duo play as their beloved Lupi laboured away fruitlessly against Juventus, down both a man and a goal.

Why Serie A is Missing Out on its Most Marketable Aspect

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"Italian football has always been different, special," John Foot wrote in an addendum to Calcio, his history of the beautiful game in the peninsula. "The term ‘calcio' immediately conjures up a game fired by a ruthless culture: winners are always right, losers always wrong, and sportsmanship a sweet anachronism.

United’s target “not for sale”

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Roma owner James Pallotta has told Manchester United that Kevin Strootman is not for sale at any price and that Louis Van Gaal will have to look elsewhere to strengthen his midfield options in January.

United have been linked with a move for the Dutchman in the winter transfer window, with many suggesting that Van Gaal sees Strootman as the missing piece of his midfield jigsaw, but Pallotta said that once Strootman returns to full fitness following his cruciate ligament injury, he will do so in the Eternal City.

‘He Lied To Me, He Lied To His Teammates’ – Roma President Derides ‘Poisonous’ Mehdi Benatia As Postpartum Sniping Continues

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After joining Bayern Munich on a five-year deal a couple ofweeks ago, both Mehdi Benatia and his former employers, Roma, have been at each other's throats with sly remarks flying back and forth between the two parties.

It all kicked off again on Monday when Benatia claimed in an interview withGerman magazine Kicker that he was disappointed atRoma for selling him after he told the club he wanted to stay.

Pallotta: Blame Me For Roma’s Struggles This Season

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AS Roma president James Pallotta has told supporters to blame him for the club's poor form this season and not take it out on players or other club officials.

Pallotta has sacked coach Zdenek Zeman after a poor run of results and the Stadio Olimpico side are well out of the Champions League places in ninth place in Serie A after losing toSampdoria on Sunday.

Daniele De Rossi Going Nowhere Says Roma

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AS Roma made it very clear on Tuesday that they have no intention of selling star Daniele De Rossi to Manchester City or anyone in January.

It has been a tough season for De Rossi who has struggled to adapt to new Roma coach Zdenek Zeman's 4-3-3 formation.

But at a press conference on Tuesday Roma president James Pallotta said:

"We have no intention of selling him.

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Splash the cash! Roma chairman offers 230,000 euros for fountain plunge

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Rome (AFP) – Roma chairman James Pallotta on Wednesday offered to donate 230,000 euros ($285,000) to the city of Rome as well as paying a small fine for diving into a historic fountain after his club’s epic win over Barcelona.

Pallotta was filmed, surrounded by a crowd of delirious supporters, falling backwards into the fountain in Piazza del Popolo, a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps, following his team’s incredible 3-0 victory on Tuesday evening, which saw Roma beat Barca on away goals and go through to the Champions League semi-finals.

Splash the cash! Roma chairman offers 230,000 euros for fountain plunge

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Rome (AFP) – Roma chairman James Pallotta on Wednesday offered to donate 230,000 euros ($285,000) to the city of Rome as well as paying a small fine for diving into a historic fountain after his club’s epic win over Barcelona.

Pallotta was filmed, surrounded by a crowd of delirious supporters, falling backwards into the fountain in Piazza del Popolo, a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps, following his team’s incredible 3-0 victory on Tuesday evening, which saw Roma beat Barca on away goals and go through to the Champions League semi-finals.

Roma get green light for new stadium

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Rome (AFP) – Serie A side Roma were given the green light on Tuesday by Italian authorities to build their own stadium which they hope to occupy by the 2020/21 season.

The club’s American president James Pallotta officially launched the project in March 2014 but there were numerous setbacks before the four main governing bodies involved finally approved plans to build the Stadio della Roma.

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“We are too weak”: Reaction to Union loss, Mbolhi slammed, HCI losses, USWNT wins, more

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Recaps and reaction to loss in KC. ESPN says MBolhi earning rep as "one of the poorest DP signings" in MLS history. HCI losses second in a row. More news.

Zac says break is good, Ekra on his style of play, Hack says Ekra “more for the future”

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MacMath says bye week will help team re-energize. Ekra describes his style of play. Hackworth says Ekra signing is "more for the future." Okugo No. 8 in MLS 24 Under 24 list. More news.

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Roma president: Strootman rumours are annoying

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Roma's president, James Pallotta, has spoken about his frustration concerning rumours of Kevin Strootman leaving Italy for Manchester.

"I do get annoyed," he told Bleacher Report. "I think the papers have finally given up on the Strootman thing, because Kevin's come out and addressed it, saying he likes it in Italy and he has a five-year contract.

Roma Fire Zdenek Zeman

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Zdenek Zeman has been sacked as coach of Roma a day after the Serie A side suffered a humiliating 4-2 home reverse to Cagliari.

The defeat was Roma's ninth defeat in 23 games, the most of any side in the top half of the table, and led 500 fans to protest outside the Stadio Olimpico late on Friday.