Sunday April 5 2015
Pallotta condemns Esposito insults

Roma President James Pallotta condemned ultras who insulted the mother of murdered Napoli fan Ciro Esposito.

The supporter was shot by Roma fan Massimo De Santis in May 2014 when rival groups crossed paths on the way to the Coppa Italia Final at the Stadio Olimpico.

Napoli lost 1-0 in that same stadium on Saturday and a section of the Curva Sud waved several banners and chanted insults towards Esposito’s mother, Antonella Leardi.

Now Roma President James Pallotta has released a statement condemning the behaviour, which could well lead to a large fine and even a game behind closed doors.

“As has been expressed repeatedly, most recently in the week leading up to the match against Napoli, AS Roma considers any events that lead to the loss of life at a football match, as occurred in the cases of Ciro Esposito, Antonio De Falchi, Gabriele Sandri, Vincenzo Spagnolo, Filippo Raciti, Vincenzo Paparelli and others, to be a defeat for civil society as a whole, regardless of affiliations to clubs or fan groups.

“The enormous pain that follows such events deserves maximum, unconditional respect from all and necessitates that all parties – fans, clubs and law enforcement agencies – strive to ensure that such pain is not renewed, not even verbally, in the stands of a stadium.”

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