Thursday June 18 2020
Report: Roma 'suspend' director Petrachi

La Gazzetta dello Sport claims Roma have ‘suspended’ director of sport Gianluca Petrachi, a step towards his dismissal, as Morgan De Sanctis and Franco Baldini take control.

Over the last few days, there had been growing tension between Petrachi and President Jim Pallotta, with reports of a furious telephone argument and threats of legal action.

Petrachi was poached from Torino just under a year ago, but the situation never ran particularly smoothly.

According to the latest report from La Gazzetta dello Sport, Sky Sport Italia and others, the club has formally suspended Petrachi, a stepping stone to his imminent dismissal or demotion.

Current team manager De Sanctis is ready to take over, but it’s pointed out he has long worked with former Roma director Franco Baldini.

Baldini has been working as an unofficial adviser to Roma President Pallotta for years, much to the chagrin of others at the club who believe he has too much power and no oversight.

Francesco Totti cited Baldini as one of the main reasons he left the club, both as a player and then as a director.

With De Sanctis becoming director of sport, he’d effectively be a conduit straight to Baldini.

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