Wednesday March 30 2011
Di Benedetto: 'No conflict of interest'

Thomas Di Benedetto insists there is “no conflict of interest” with Liverpool that would rule Roma out of Europe.

The American businessman is leading a conglomerate that agreed a takeover deal with the Giallorossi late last night.

According to The Guardian, his ownership could push Roma out of the Champions League if Liverpool qualify for the same competition, because he owns shares in the Fenway Sports Group, who own the Reds.

However, this evening Di Benedetto's legal team spoke to Italian news agency Ansa.

“Article 3 in the UEFA rules would not be brought into play in this instance. There is no conflict of interest in the purchase of AS Roma.”

The UEFA rules called on by The Guardian state: "No individual or legal entity may have control or influence over more than one club participating in a UEFA club competition".

This is defined as "holding a majority of the shareholders' voting rights" or "being able to exercise by any means a decisive influence in the decision-making of the club", among other things.

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