Roma ultras announced a protest against the club during today’s Genoa game, blaming “years of lies and fake proclamations. We don’t expect victories, but clarity and respect.”
The protest had started late last night, with dozens of banners – some even reporting over a hundred – appearing simultaneously all over the city with the same message: ‘Pallotta vattene’ – Pallotta Leave.
That was the precursor, as this morning the Curva Sud ultras released a statement confirming they will sit in silence for the first 10 minutes of the Serie A match against Genoa at the Stadio Olimpico.
There will also be no flags during the ‘strike’ and took aim squarely at President James Pallotta.
“We do not expect victories, but clarity and respect. We list just some of the phrases that represent the superficiality with which, in recent years, the club has communicated with the fans.
“Pallotta (2012): ‘Within five years the Scudetto’. Baldissoni (2013): ‘We will be the Kings of Europe’. Sabatini (2013): ‘Next year it’ll be a planetary Roma’.
“Pallotta (2014): ‘First the Scudetto, then the Champions League.’ Pallotta (2014): ‘Benatia has never been for sale, we never started negotiations. He is an important player for us both on and off the field.’
“Pallotta (2014): ‘I will make Roma one of the strongest clubs in the world.’ Pallotta (2015): ‘Pjanic is not for sale.’ Monchi (2017): ‘Rudiger is not for sale, there is zero chance of him leaving. Roma are not a supermarket’.
“To seal it all, the Kevin Strootman sale was a punch in the stomach for all the fans. We are tired, we can no longer tolerate this situation after years of lies, fake proclamations of victory left and right, promises never kept from this ‘President’ and the club ‘Roma 1927’ whose badge never represented us, just as who has been in charge of our dear great Associazione Sportiva Roma since 2011.
“A run of lies that inevitably created negativity around the Coach and players, who consider AS Roma as a stepping stone and not a point of arrival.
“We’re not giving any alibis, of course, but the incapability of the President and club to do their jobs ensured Roma sold their best players year after year, usually replaced by players who are worth considerably less, weakening the squad and going forward with no plan.”