Roma fans plan sit-down protest

As Roma fans plan a sit-down protest over Daniele De Rossi’s exit, the midfielder and club have different views of his departure.

A WhatsApp audio clip surfaced on Thursday of De Rossi allegedly telling friends how Roma had not talked to him for a year and offered him a pay-as-you-pay deal as recently as Monday.

However, Gazzetta dello Sport cites sources close to the Giallorossi that claim Monday’s meeting with club officials was the third of its kind.

Furthermore, such a proposal would not have been put to the midfielder.

It comes as Roma’s Curva Sud ultras are planning a sit-down protest outside their offices at the EUR building in the capital.

“Enough is enough! DDR was only the latest in a long line of unclear conduct towards those who love these colours,” read a Press statement.

“We can’t stand and watch our values and points of reference being taken away from us.

“Now enough is enough, Roma fans will take to the streets and be heard with a sit-down protest, to be held tomorrow, Friday 17, at Piazza Guglielmo Marconi, at 15:00 (14:00 BST), outside Roma’s administrative offices.

“This is an invitation to anyone whose soul feels betrayed, to anyone who thinks it’s right to show their disappointment, like those belonging to the Curva Sud believe, because Roma is a common good and, above all, represents the people.

“That’s why we ask for respect and why you mustn’t miss out. AS ROMA BELONGS TO US!”

Giallorossi supporters have already scattered banners throughout Rome and even London, criticising President James Pallotta and consultant Franco Baldini for their management of the club.

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