Friday March 4 2016
Baldissoni: 'Totti will always be Roma'

Roma director Mauro Baldissoni discussed Francesco Totti, the stadium and tonight’s showdown with Fiorentina.

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“It is not a play-off, as there are many more games to go. We have to compliment Fiorentina and whoever wins tonight will certainly get a confidence booster,” Baldissoni told Mediaset Premium.

There has been some controversy over the choice of Massimiliano Irrati to officiate tonight’s match, as he was born in Florence and raised in the Tuscan town of Pistoia.

“Irrati is from Tuscany? If we focused on such details then we’d be stepping back in time. Irrati is a good referee and we have absolute faith in him.”

President Jim Pallotta is in the Stadio Olimpico this evening and is expected to have more meetings on the stadium issue – both current and new – and Totti’s future.

“Pallotta is in Rome, I understand it might seem easy to say that when he’s here everything will be resolved, but the work continues even when he’s in America.

“Obviously being present in the city allows him to have several meetings face to face, including about the stadium.

“Francesco Totti is Roma and he always will be,” noted Baldissoni.

“The Curva Sud is always close to the team, they are simply taking this personal battle against the stadium barriers that prevented them from expressing their passion.

“We worked with the authorities to resolve this situation and want a stadium without barriers. The police have to realise it’ll be an objective for them too and we can create the conditions that allow that to happen.”

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