Roma’s Friedkin era has formally started

Roma have formally started the new era with Dan Friedkin as President of the club and Ryan the Vice-President, as Guido Fienga has been confirmed CEO.

Nine members attended the shareholders’ meeting as Friedkin was confirmed as new patron of the Giallorossi.

The nine members of the Board of Directors, who will have a mandate of three years, are: Dan and Ryan Friedkin, Guido Fienga, Marcus Watts, Eric son, Analaura Moreira-Dunkel, Benedetta Navarra, Mirella Pellegrini and Ines Gandini.

The board, who met immediately after the Assembly, confirmed the appointment of Dan Friedkin and appointed Ryan as Vice-President.

Fienga was confirmed Chief Executive Officer and is in the Executive Committee with Friedkin, Watts and son.

La Lupa have formally started the new era and RomaPress reveals the father-son duo want to ‘create a perfectly aligned hierarchy’ and have started looking for a new sporting director.

The outlet reports former Red Bull director Ralf Rangnick and former Chelsea man Michael Emenalo are possible candidates for the role.

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‘Only Genoa-Torino should be postponed’

Lega Serie A doctor Gianni Nanni has claimed ‘only Genoa-Torino’ should have to be postponed after the confirmation of 14 positive tests at the Grifoni.

Italian football waits for the consequences after the revelation at Genoa, who confirmed 14 members of their matchday group had contracted coronavirus.

Napoli won 6-0 against the Rossoblu last weekend and are undergoing tests ahead of their next match against Juventus, but Nanni hopes the only postponed match will be between Genoa and Torino.

“In my opinion, we will only have to decide on Genoa-Torino, except for any surprises, like with Napoli” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“They have undergone the swab tests in Naples today and will be tested again on Friday, and they will be the most important ones.

“Without catastrophic numbers in other teams, the decision will be limited to Genoa-Torino.”

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Official: Falque moves to Benevento

Benevento have officially announced the arrival of Iago Falque on loan from Torino.

The Streghe have picked up the 30-year-old, who recently returned to Turin from a six-month loan at Genoa.

Falque is the latest addition to an impressive Benevento side, who started Serie A with a 3-2 win against Sampdoria last weekend and prepare to face Inter tomorrow.

The former Roma winger has played 166 games in Serie A, contributing 47 goals and 24 assists in the process.

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Mancini: ‘Uncertain Scudetto race’

Roberto Mancini believes Juventus face an ‘uncertain’ and open Scudetto race from Inter, Napoli, Milan, Lazio, Roma and Atalanta.

The Italy coach spoke at an awards ceremony and was asked about the 2020-21 title race.

“Juve remain the most complete squad, but I believe it really will be an uncertain campaign and open to far more Scudetto challengers,” said Mancini.

“I am thinking of Inter, Napoli, Milan, Lazio, Roma, but also Atalanta, who could confirm their status among the top teams.”

The Bianconeri have won nine Serie A titles on the trot, but are now under debutant coach Andrea Pirlo.

“Pirlo was praised after the first win and criticised after the draw with Roma, but I doubt it’ll frighten him. He has the necessary experience to know that in football opinions are overturned every three days, especially in Italy.”

There are now 1,000 fans allowed into stadiums in Italy, with plans to open up to 25 per cent capacity next month.

“Football belongs to the people. Athletes might get used to doing without the support of the crowd, but it’s not the same thing in an empty arena with nobody there to entertain.

“The clubs also suffer financially, so I think the time has come to reopen the stadiums.”

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Official: Baldissoni leaves Roma

Roma continue their revamp under new owners, as Vice-President Mauro Baldissoni has resigned and the club terminated his contract early.

It is part of a shake-up of the club infrastructure under new owners Dan and Ryan Friedkin.

“AS Roma and Mauro Baldissoni can confirm that they have reached an agreement to bring an early end to their working relationship,” read a statement.

“As a result, on Monday afternoon Mr Baldissoni submitted his letter of resignation, effective immediately, from his role as board member and Vice President of the club, along with all the other responsibilities he previously held either for the club or as part of NEEP Roma Holding S.p.A.

“Baldissoni joined the club in 2011 and was appointed General Manager in July 2013, under Jim Pallotta’s presidency.

“In February 2019 he was named AS Roma’s Vice President, tasked with managing the Stadio della Roma approval process.

“The club would like to thank Mr Baldissoni for his tireless dedication to both the club and, in more recent years, the Stadio della Roma project, and wishes him and his family the best for the future.”

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