Pallotta: Roma set for Qatari takeover? Fake news

Is Serie A side Roma set for a takeover? Not according to president James Pallotta.

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Roma president James Pallotta denied reports claiming Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) wants to acquire the Serie A club.

QSI – which already owns Ligue 1 champion Paris Saint-Germain – has been linked with a takeover of Italian side Roma.

Roma is owned by an American investment group, which acquired the team in 2011, and Pallotta played down the takeover claims.

"Qatar Sports Investments want to acquire Roma? There is nothing to it. This is fake," Pallotta told RomaPress in response to a report published by French newspaper Le Parisien.

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Roma, which reached the Champions League semi-finals last season, has struggled this term.

After sacking Eusebio Di Francesco in March and appointing former boss Claudio Ranieri until the end of the season, Roma sits fifth in Serie A.

Roma is a point behind fourth-placed Atalanta, which occupies the final Champions League qualifying spot with four matches remaining. The Giallorossi will travel to Genoa on Sunday.

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