Fienga: ‘Roma appeal rejection unjust’

Roma CEO Guido Fienga considers the rejection of their appeal against a 3-0 loss by default to Hellas Verona to be ‘profoundly unjust.’

The game ended 0-0 in the opening weekend of the 2020-21 Serie A season, but it emerged in the days after that Amadou Diawara had been registered as an Under-23 player when he had already turned 23 a couple of months earlier.

The Giallorossi were therefore punished with a 3-0 defeat by default and today their appeal against the decision was rejected.

“With all due respect, I cannot help but express my unhappiness at a sentence that I consider to be profoundly unjust,” Roma CEO Fienga told news agency ANSA.

“We have all missed an opportunity to intervene and modify an evident loophole in the rules, but above all there was no desire to avoid a punishment that is clearly disproportionate to the situation.

“We did everything we could by proposing a course of action in the appeal that would allow for equity on this rule, which currently does not recognise whether an error was in good faith or not.”

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