Roma‘s President Jim Pallotta released an interview with the official radio of the giallorossi, Roma Radio. The Bostonian investor highlighted that he is firmly convinced that the Italian media are voluntarily discrediting the club and Eusebio Di Francesco.
“In Rome, there is this tendency to invent something. They wake up in the morning eager to invent news. This morning I woke up and I read something that a journalist wrote. Before I explain the details I want to say that I want to challenge this journalist. I would like a face to face with him. He should prove that everything he is writing about is true. I would bring him out for dinner and give him 50,000 dollars if he can do so. I am sick of this.
Right after the match against Atletico Madrid, I congratulated the players and the coach. I hugged Manolas for his amazing save, Alisson for his performance. I also met the other players, Di Francesco and Monchi. I never said something negative about them. I just complained about the penalty, that seemed to be clear, and a possible second penalty during the second-half.
I am very satisfied with Di Francesco’s work and about Monchi for what he did in the past four months.
I am sick of repeating these things over and over. I renew my invitation to this journalist to demonstrate that what he wrote is the truth. Fans around the world need to know that there’s a plan to discredit Roma and our coach. And if I have to take action every day to refute this kind of illusion, I will do it.
We have a new coach, a new tactical scheme, and an excellent technical staff. We have one of the best, if not the best, sporting director in the world. This is the best roster we have had since I have been the President of this team.
We have a long term project. In the last few years, we were good to qualify for the Champions League. We are ok on and off the field. Hopefully, in the next few weeks, we should have good news about the stadium. We have a very good team but we cannot forget that football is made of luck too.
However, I reaffirm my intention to meet up with this journalist. He needs to prove what he wrote. These journalists are providing a disservice to our fans. It’s not right that they have to read this rubbish.”