laroma24.it (Gabriele Conflitti) Jurisprudence. The science of law, invented – coincidentally – by the Romans. 2,000 years later, it is now being practiced against them with arguably deliberate precision. The Giudice Sportivo has once again decided to use its powers to use Roma as a guinea pig, experimenting on them using methods that have never been practiced before. Strootman’s suspension is just the latest example of a series of unfortunate coincidences – the Giallorossi have had to pay a heavy price for the existence of previously unused laws and regulations over the years.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (Chiara Zucchelli) By 7pm, 2 hours after the court of sporting justice announced their decision, Kevin Strootman had been trending on Twitter for some time. People were talking on social media and on Roman radio stations, and for once (almost) everyone was in agreement: “Leave Kevin alone, there was no simulation”. According to Romanisti, the Dutchman’s collapse to the floor was “possibly excessive, but caused by the fact he felt he might be about to be hit from behind.” One guy on the radio accurately said that, “If he really wanted to simulate, he would have stayed on the ground, stone dead.”
L’Ultimo Uomo (Federico Di Vita and Fabiagio Salerno) The first time you go into the stadium is like when you’re sitting in the back seat of the car as a child and, as it rounds a bend, you see the sea suddenly appear under the bright August sun. You get the same feeling the first time you run up to the top of those stairs – you feel dizzy, just for a moment, as you see that great expanse of grass stretching out below you. Then comes the noise, the voices of people selling soft drinks, the colour of the scarves, the section filled with away fans, the masses of people all supporting your team, the banners, the flags being waved, the chants, the songs, the smell of people smoking (and not just tobacco) – then come the teams for their warm up, players practice shots from distance, firemen hose down the athletics track, then out come the ball boys.
Roma have already confirmed that they will appeal against the 2 match ban imposed on Kevin Strootman, given retroactively for his actions during the derby and which will see him banned for the key games against Milan and Juventus in the likely event that the Giallorossi’s appeal is unsuccessful.
Corriere dello Sport (Roberto Maida) Is this not magic? Ever since the 30th anniversary of one of their most disastrous home defeats ever (Roma 2-3 Lecce on 20th April, 1986, a defeat which handed the scudetto to Juventus) Roma have won every time they play at the Olimpico. On 20th April, 2016, Roma turned the tables around against the other side from Turin with a 3-2 win against Torino. And who could it have been to exorcise the demons of that day (for those older fans who are able to remember it)? Francesco Totti, of course, on that famous night when he was thrown into the fray by Spalletti and completely turned the course of the game in just a few minutes. Witchcraft.
One of the main obstacles in Roma’s path to getting approval for their new stadium could soon be overcome as Paolo Berdini, the city councillor responsible for urban planning, is set to leave his position.
L’Ultimo Uomo (Flavio Fusi) In a tense derby that was low on quality, the key to Roma’s victory was in the detail (and in a few tactical adjustments made by coach Luciano Spalletti).