Sensi: ‘We’re not Pallotta’s alibi’

Former Roma President Rosella Sensi hit back at current patron James Pallotta’s “incorrect versions of history used as alibis.”

The controversy was stirred up again when Pallotta gave an interview to Real Vision.

“When we bought the club, they were in serious financial difficulty. The previous owners, while doing a good job on the field for a few years, borrowed money from other companies and incurred large amounts of debt.

“Basically, I think Unicredit were the club’s owners, so we had a lot to do to change that right away.”

Rosella Sensi, who took over as President after her Scudetto-winning father Franco became too ill to continue, hit back at the American investor.

“After years of what can best be described as ‘imprecise’ evaluations on the financial status of AS Roma under my family being used as a handy alibi for poor sporting and economic results that did not live up to expectations, the moment has come to put an end to this,” Sensi told Leggo newspaper.

“I am tired of hearing how my family and my father, for the love of Roma, spent money and amassed debt that had nothing to do with the club, but only our private companies.

“When Pallotta bought Roma, there was a minor consolidated debt. This is fact, not idle chatter. Perhaps the current President is misinformed or received bad advice.

“I am ready to meet face to face with Pallotta whenever he wants so we can clarify this situation and explain it to him directly. The club finances are different now, but I won’t be here commenting on that, as I don’t find that an elegant thing to do.

“As a fan and someone who still deeply loves Roma, I hope the club can soon get the success it deserves and hasn’t enjoyed for a long time.

“I also hope to no longer hear incorrect versions of history used as alibis for the current owners. Forza Roma.”

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