Roma President James Pallotta released a statement assuring they “are not expecting any substantial delays” to the Stadio della Roma project even after nine arrests.
This morning, nine people were detained “in connection with an investigation into aspects of the Tor di Valle project,” including contractor Luca Parnasi, but none of them are current Roma employees.
“AS Roma president Jim Pallotta is confident the Stadio della Roma project will move forward without issue, despite events on Wednesday morning,” read a statement.
“We’re saddened and dismayed by today’s allegations and arrests. As the prosecutor categorically stated earlier, AS Roma has nothing to do with this.
“Also, contrary to what was reported in some places, the arrests do not involve the stadium contractor for Stadio della Roma and are actually nothing to do with the construction of the stadium or the entertainment complex.
“Now we fully expect to move forward with the project and we are not expecting any substantial delays.”
However, the Codacons – a consumer protection agency – called for the immediate suspension of the project.
Prosecutor Paolo Ielo confirmed in a Press conference that “Roma have nothing to do with it, the systematic corruption continues within and around the Parnasi group.
“The charges are associating to commit a crime, traffic of influence, corruption and illicit financing. There is money circulating and non-existent billing. There is a new type of bribe: hiring family members or friends.
“(Former assessor and regional councillor) Michele Civita was promised that his son would be hired by the Parnasi group, in one of Palozzi’s businesses.”