AS Roma suspend sporting director following fallout with owner

19 June 2020

AS Roma
Photo: PA Images Gianluca Petrachi (pictured) has been suspended with immediate effect and chief executive Guido Fienga will take over his duties.

Gianluca Petrachi has been suspended with immediate effect and chief executive Guido Fienga will take over his duties.

The sporting director last week reportedly took issue with Roma owner James Pallotta's failure to mention him in an interview on his relationship with the club's management.

Emil Gjerding Nielson nielson@offthepitch.com

AS Roma have suspended sporting director Gianluca Petrachi after a fallout last week with the club's majority shareholder and president, James Pallotta.

Petrachi reportedly took issue with an interview Pallotta gave on his relationship with the club's management. Praising Petrachi's colleagues, Pallotta failed to mention the sporting director himself, leading him to send the owner a strongly worded message, according to RomaPress.

Appointed ahead of this season, Petrachi has two years remaining on his contract reported to be worth an annual €1.2 million plus bonuses.

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