Fiorentina president Rocco Commisso was interviewed today by Forbes and came to the defence of Roma president James Pallotta in regards to stadium construction.
La Viola are eager to get a new stadium built but have run into similar bureaucratic issues as the Giallorossi, who have been working on their stadium project since the arrival of the American consortium in 2011.
“The bureaucracy is killing Italy. With all the permitting and approvals—from start to finish— it could easily take five to ten years to build a new stadium,” said Commisso.
”In fact, in Florence, they have been discussing a new stadium over the past 15 years. No investor has the patience to wait that long. In Rome, for the new AS Roma Stadium, Jim Pallotta has spent six years already with no final approvals on hand. This may be the reason why AS Roma is for sale”.
Roma’s proposed new ground, the Stadio della Roma, was unveiled almost 8 years ago, however, construction has yet to begin following a series of bureaucratic delays on the project.