Tuesday February 12 2013
Pallotta: 'Roma fans, blame me'

Roma President James Pallotta has released a statement urging the fans to stop attacking club directors. “If you want to, attack me.”

The ultras are in revolt after a slide down the standings that saw Zdenek Zeman fired and new Coach Aurelio Andreazzoli debut with a 3-1 defeat to Sampdoria.

The main targets of their anger have been directors Franco Baldini and Walter Sabatini, while there were more protests at the Trigoria training ground today.

Pablo Daniel Osvaldo’s car was reportedly surrounded by furious fans, kicked and spat on as he tried to drive away.

“While we are all not happy with our recent results I have complete confidence in our players and entire staff,” wrote President Pallotta in an official statement.

“As I have said on every occasion we are building an organization and team that will take some time and that Rome can be proud of. In times of transition, there will always be instances in which, in hindsight, we may have taken some different decisions but I don't intend to put band aids on in order to satisfy some in the short term.

“I am sorry that we all would like to see quick results but since becoming President seven months ago I feel we have moved in many respects in the right direction for the longer term viability and greatness that I believe we can achieve for Roma.

“Attacking Baldini and Sabatini on a daily basis doesn’t accomplish anything and is foolish. If you want to, attack me.”

Ultras and local media have complained that Pallotta and the American owners of Roma are too far away and disinterested in the day-to-day running of the club.