Corriere della Sera (Gianluca Piacentini) Fans’ chants against Napoli’s supporters, sung by a section of the stadium during last Saturday’s match at the Olimpico, have cost Roma €10,000. “Territorial denigration” was the explanation given by the Giudice Sportivo: technically a correct punishment, by the letter of the law, but it is in stark contrast to the lack of punishment given to Lazio fans after their racist booing of Rudiger – which was noticed by the authorities – during the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final.
The Giudice Sportivo have also handed out a 1-game ban to Kostas Manolas, who will miss next Sunday’s trip to Palermo as a result. The defender will play tomorrow night against Lyon though, which is partly due to the fact Rudiger is absent (due to suspension); he has stayed behind in Rome together with the injured Florenzi.
Luciano Spalletti, who celebrated his 58th birthday at Trigoria yesterday (receiving a lengthy round of applause from the team), named a 20-man squad for the game, which includes the Frenchman Grenier – he joined the club from Lyon in January and while he won’t be able to play in Europe, he will be able to reveal his former club’s secrets to the Giallorossi.