Monday February 24 2014
Lotito: I won’t sell Lazio

Claudio Lotito has dismissed protests from fans to leave Lazio, asserting that he has no intention to leave the Aquile.

On from the club selling Hernanes at the end of the January transfer window and enduring recent negative results against Napoli in the Coppa Italia, Catania in the League and Ludogorets in the Europa League, a group of 6,000 supporters organised a demonstration on Sunday evening ahead of the club’s match with Sassuolo.

With the protests including whistles against him and several banners and calling for him to sell up and ‘Free Lazio’, the President has responded.

“[League] President [Maurizio] Beretta called me and came to sit beside me for solidarity,” began Lotito in explanation after Lazio’s 3-2 win in Week 25.

“I think that here I am being asked to sell Lazio, but we all know that I am not going to sell and I will leave the club to my son.

“What can I say? What matters is constructive criticism, it is clear that one can always improve, whilst it can be done without leaving the club.

“I have no concern and have no plans to sell the club, we welcome constructive criticism. In 2004, I put in about 150 milllion lire to take on 1.07 trillion in debt. The club is not there to be taken over, that is the message that I give to those who want to sell.

“The club now has a television and radio channel and we have renovated the entirety of Formello [the training facilities], the club has the highest ranking for its youth team, we have won two Coppa Italias, an unforgettable experience that will make history, and finally a Supercoppa.”