Monday February 22 2016
Pallotta: 'Team comes first'

Roma President James Pallotta was “surprised by some of Francesco Totti’s comments, but the team comes first.”

The patron spoke to the Corriere dello Sport and a brief snippet of the interview was released ahead of tomorrow’s edition.

Totti was dropped for last night’s 5-0 win over Palermo after a television interview complaining about the lack of playing time.

“I was surprised by some of Francesco’s comments, but at the same time I understand it was borne of frustration.

“He is a great player, he wrote Roma history, adores to compete and is a superstar,” said Pallotta.

“But Luciano Spalletti is our Coach and since he arrived many things have changed for the better. What he did was dictated by a fundamental principle: the team comes first and no player is above the rest.

“It is absolutely not true that Spalletti disrespected Totti, that is just speculation.”

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