AS Roma Match Program (F. Viola) We spoke to Mario Rui ahead of the league derby to mark his return to the first team after his long injury. It boded well, the Portuguese defender was selected in the squad and the game finished 2-0 to us. A good reason to interview Mario Rui again on the eve of the Coppa Italia match, after 6 appearances in all competitions and with his performances continually improving.
Palermo’s Curva Nord have published a message of support on their Facebook page congratulating Roma’s Curva Sud for their perseverence in protesting against the division of the curva. The Curva Nord, who have close ties with their Romanisti counterparts, praised the Giallorossi fans’ actions after the barriers inside the Stadio Olimpico were removed by the authorities, prompting them to return for Roma’s next game against Lazio in the Coppa Italia on Tuesday evening.
AS Roma Match Program (Tiziano Riccardi) 30th May, 2015: Roma-Palermo, Matchday 38 of the 2014/15 Serie A season. It was the final game in Italy’s top flight, and it was a sweet epilogue, coming as it did 5 days after the Iturbe and Yanga-Mbiwa derby. That derby secured the Giallorossi’s direct qualification to the Champions League group stage at the expense of their local rivals. But the game against the Sicilians was the last time that the Curva Sud turned up in their entirety to support their team freely, without being troubled in how they entered the ground or being divided by barriers in the middle of the curva. After that Roma-Palermo game the Curva Sud was full for Roma-Juventus in the league and Roma-Barcelona in the Champions League the next season, but – with the construction of the dividing wall – the support wasn’t the same. It couldn’t be. In the first game the fans remained in silence in protest throughout the 90 minutes, despite the 2-1 win with goals from Pjanic and Dzeko. In the second game, some decided to abandon the prestigious European tie with the Spaniards (a 1-1 draw, with an outrageous goal from Florenzi from midfield) which, actually, began the general strike by supporters that officially started the following Sunday for the home game with Sassuolo.
The Curva Sud, the hardcore section of Roma’s support, have released a statement confirming that they won’t attend this weekend’s Rome derby.