Saturday, 20 June 2009

Roma owners deny sale agreement

The parent company of Roma have dismissed suggestions they will announce the sale of their controlling stake in the club on Monday.

Vinicio FioranelliReports in the Italian media had claimed that oil storage company Italpetroli and the family of President Rosella Sensi had agreed to part with around 67 per cent of the club's shares.

It was alleged that a Swiss-German consortium would buy the stake for 201million euros (£170m) but the owners have now stressed that an announcement is not imminent.

"Italpetroli states that no agreement has been signed of any type regarding the stake in question, nor do the conditions or premises exist to believe that a transaction of any type can be concluded on Monday June 22," read a statement on the club's official website.

The statement added that checks were still taking place to verify whether the consortium represented by football agent Vinicio Fioranelli had the necessary funds to buy the club.

Giallorossi fans have demanded fresh investment after the capital club finished sixth last season, missing out on qualification for the UEFA Champions League, and they are excited about the possible takeover.

The three-times Italian champions have long been the subject of interest from a number of potential suitors.

Billionaire financier George Soros walked away from talks last year.

Source: Reuters

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