Pallotta talks Italian football

Roma president James Pallotta was interviewed by about the state of Italian football this afternoon:

“Violence in stadiums? I’m convinced that the media exaggerate this regards. Violence happens from time to time and it is clear that we don’t want any accidents to happen, but these events are sporadic and are often emphasized too much. I think that’s the case with Roma, we have nine newspapers and nine radio stations that only talk about football and AS Roma, and they exaggerate any type of problem whenever they can. ”

“Is Serie A in decline? Everyone knows that up until ten years ago, Serie A was the best league, but everyone knows that you have to work hard to maintain certain standards. The last 10-12 years have not been well managed, but I see that they are in-touch with the changes that can bring Italian football back to the best in the world. One of the first things we did was reach an agreement with Disney a couple of years ago. It’s a partership that gives us a world exclusive for the next five years, and we’re hoping longer. As for the rest, we know we have a laarge number of fans around the world.”

The Editor of, John has been covering Italian football as a freelance journalist for over 10 years and has appeared in various publications including,, and ESPN.