Thursday October 15 2015
Pallotta: ‘Fans hurting team’

Roma President James Pallotta says protests over Curva Sud segregation are hurting the team.

New safety measures this season have seen the ends behind the goal at Stadio Olimpico split in two, a move which has angered fans of both the Giallorossi and Lazio.

“I have always said that the heart and soul of Roma is the Curva Sud,” Pallotta pointed out, when asked about the issue in a Facebook Q&A.

“In point of fact, if you look at our new stadium plans, the Curva Sud has its own section for 14,000 fans and is an integral part of the fabric of the new stadium.

“We don’t own this stadium and we don’t make any decisions on security and safety at the Stadio Olimpico.

“That being said, we have been having discussions since the changes were made with the police to find a solution.

“The police have asked for stairs and security gates to be free, no flares and no bombs. The police are fine with chants and flags.

“It’s frustrating that our fans think we don’t have a view and that we haven’t been working behind the scenes to rectify this situation.

“I want to stress that we are working hard behind the scenes and don’t think it’s appropriate to discuss all possible solutions publicly.

“I have always said that our fans are the most important part of our team and nothing has changed.

“I am frustrated though that while we try and find a solution, the team on the pitch is being hurt by the decreased support at the stadium.

“I 100 per cent support the Curva Sud. I will never support anyone who causes problems for other fans and our team.”

Lazio's fans are threatening to boycott the Derby della Capitale, and the Lupi's could follow suit, something Pallotta would be saddened by.

"I would be very disappointed if our fans aren't there for the derby. I guess there's a chance I may be sitting by myself in the Curva Sud with a flag and a sign."

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