AGI – Campo Testaccio, Roma’s home from 1929 to 1940, will soon be a usable sports facility once again. The abandoned stadium is part of a long list of unfinished works which have been blocking modernisation in the capital for the last decade, and which have subsequently left gaping holes in the city centre.
Interno.gov.it – A meeting was held at the Viminale this morning, as requested by the Minister of Sport, Luca Lotti, which was also attended by the Minister of the Interior, Marco Minniti, Lazio president Claudio Lotito, Roma’s CEO Umberto Gandini and their general director Mauro Baldissoni. The subject of the meeting was the barriers in the Stadio Olimpico, which were put up in June 2015 as safety measures and which have so far produced positive results. Given these positive results, the Minister of the Interior, Marco Minniti, has ordered the Chief of Police and general director of public security, Franco Gabrielli, to proceed with a course of action – within a reasonable amount of time – that enables the removal of these dividing barriers while maintaining safety and security standards in order to encourage more people to attend in a calm and relaxed manner.
Roma have completed the signing of Matias Nani on a free transfer from Lanus. The young Argentine defender has been training with the Giallorossi since last July, but has only now been given clearance to play for the club.
Corriere dello Sport (Roberto Maida, Guido D’Ubaldo) “What’s happened? It’s not like they’ve said no.” From the other side of the Atlantic, James Pallotta is playing things down. At this time of political confusion and spasmodic expectations, the Roma president remains clear-headed and is holding his ground. He hasn’t lost control of his position to either political institutions or the media. Pallotta is in constant contact with his colleagues at Trigoria, and was calm about the release of the Region of Lazio’s documentation about the stadium. “The City of Rome only requested a 30 day extension period for the Conferenza dei Servizi, as they were perfectly entitled to do,” explained Pallotta, who clearly hasn’t lost hope of starting construction on the Tor di Valle site on time, i.e. before the summer. Nothing has changed, in his opinion, compared to 3 days ago, when the grant of the extension slowed down – but didn’t stop – the project.
AGI – Today, the city administration of the City of Rome gave their feedback on the Stadio della Roma project to the Region of Lazio. “The opinion of the City of Rome on the final version of the Stadio della Roma project is not favourable”, the document read. The document has been made available to the public here and its release was announced by the Region of Lazio. Click here for the full report (PDF, in Italian).
Roma and developer Luca Parnasi “remain confident that the institutions involved in the decision-making process [of the new Roma stadium] won’t want to pass up the opportunity of an €1.6 billion investment in the city”.
Corriere dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) After nearly 2 years of debates, appeals and political wrangling, a solution finally seems to have presented itself. Roma and Lazio’s senior management have been invited to go to the Viminale next Tuesday to resolve the issue of the barriers in the curve, which were imposed by the then Prefect Gabrielli and which have remained in the most popular areas of the stadium ever since. The Roman clubs’ representatives (Baldissoni for Roma, Lotito for Lazio) will be received by Minister of the Interior Marco Minniti and the Minister for Sport Luca Lotti, the person really behind the invitation, to find a solution that would come into effect before the end of the season.