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Thursday June 27 2019
Totti's toxic Roma divorce

After 30 years of commitment, Francesco Totti walked out on the Giallorossi amid bitter recrimination. Vijay Rahaman reflects on their ugly separation.

Most divorces are bitter and normally involve laying the blame at the feet of the other party, so Francesco Totti terminating his lifelong love affair with Roma was no different. In celebrity splits, there is usually one side that is seen as the ‘bad guy’ in the breakdown of their relationship and in this case there are absolutely no doubts who the love rat is. President James Pallotta and consultant Franco Baldini are the villains of the piece. That would make Totti the Jennifer Aniston, fitting as they did have similar haircuts in the 1990s.

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Tuesday June 18 2019
Pallotta: Roma suing Totti 'dumb'

James Pallotta has hit out at a ‘dumb’ report that claimed Roma were planning legal action against club legend Francesco Totti.

Il Messaggero claimed on Tuesday that Roma were considering taking Totti to court for defamation as his Press conference would have caused ‘irreparable damage’ to their image in Italy and abroad.

However, Pallotta tweeted: “Not a chance. 100% false.

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Monday June 17 2019
Roma hit back at 'fanciful' Totti claims

Roma released a statement after Francesco Totti’s explosive Press conference, calling his “perceptions of the club both fanciful and far from reality.”

The former captain resigned from the club and rejected the offer to become technical director, claiming he was excluded from all decision-making processes and suggesting Franco Baldini wanted to remove the Romans from Roma.

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Monday June 17 2019
Sensi: 'My father's Roma ruined'

Former Roma owner Rosella Sensi said her “Father’s hard work has been destroyed,” suggesting President James Pallotta should “spend more time” in the city.

The Sensi family ran the capital club from 1993 until 2011 winning a Scudetto, two editions of the Super Coppa Italia and two Coppa Italia trophies during that spell – coincidentally the Giallorossi haven’t won anything since.

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Monday June 17 2019
Sarri, not sorry

Despite the misgivings of many Napoli, Chelsea and Juventus fans, Maurizio Sarri taking the Bianconeri job makes perfect sense to Susy Campanale.

Maurizio Sarri to Juventus was unexpected – above all to those who pushed the Pep Guardiola narrative far beyond the point of improbability – but despite the protests of Napoli, Chelsea and even Bianconeri supporters, it does make perfect sense to all concerned.

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Monday June 17 2019
Totti: Ziyech over Pastore...

Francesco Totti insists he wanted Hakim Ziyech over Javier Pastore and regrets how Roma signed none of Eusebio Di Francesco’s chosen targets.

Totti showed no inclination to cool down in the final part of his Press conference as he turned his attentions to Roma’s lack of ambition, in particular ‘directors who are happy to lose’.

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Monday June 17 2019
Totti: Stabbed in the back

Francesco Totti claims he was ‘stabbed in the back’ by Roma but is not surprised as ‘in two years, I never heard directly from Pallotta or Baldini.’

In the third part of his explosive Press conference, where he announced his departure from Roma, Totti discussed the exit of fellow ‘bandiera’ Daniele De Rossi, Paulo Fonseca’s appointment as Coach and President James Pallotta.

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Monday June 17 2019
Roma: Who is Franco Baldini?

Franco Baldini is considered public enemy No 1 in the eyes of many Roma fans, but who exactly is he?

Baldini [pictured, left] was regularly called out by Francesco Totti during his explosive farewell Press conference on Monday, only adding to the mystery surrounding the man in question.

Although not Roman by birth or having any links to Roma as a player, the 58-year-old’s career off the field has been almost exclusively tied to the Giallorossi.

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Monday June 17 2019
Totti: Conte gave Roma 'all-clear'

Francesco Totti admits ‘leaving Roma is like dying’ and claims Antonio Conte – his pick to replace Claudio Ranieri – ‘had given us the all-clear’.

Totti ended his 30-year association with Roma on Monday, first as a player and most recently as a director, explaining the reasons for his exit at a warts-and-all Press conference.

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Monday June 17 2019
Totti: Americans want Romans out!

Francesco Totti says he left Roma because he was ‘excluded from every decision’ and ‘the main focus of certain people has been to remove Romans’.

You can see how Totti’s explosive Press conference to announce his departure unfolded in full by clicking here!

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