Roma-FFP: optimism after meeting with UEFA

John Solano

La Gazzetta dello Sport have revealed today that Roma remain confident about their Financial Fair Play status after having met yesterday with UEFA officials in Nyon.

Roma’s Mauro Baldissoni, Umberto Gandini, and Giorgio Francis flew to Switzerland yesterday to present to UEFA their future plans to improve their budget. The Giallorossi fell a few million euros short of reaching their necessary target figures imposed by UEFA in 2015. While Roma’s explanation is simple (the sale of Manolas would have easily covered the void, meanwhile, the sale of Rüdiger made Roma fall short), UEFA were looking for further explanation from the Giallorossi about how they plan to balance their budget. Roma presented what we’ve already known: they will continue with their “modus operandi” of selling at high figures, as seen in January with Emerson, while ensuring the team remains competitive as Champions League revenue is a vital source of income. Furthermore, Roma revealed that they are in talks with two companies, one of which is Turkish Airlines, to become the main (shirt) sponsor. An agreement is still, reportedly, weeks away but Roma are nonetheless closing in on a sponsor.

The club remain confident that they will avoid any sanctions by UEFA or, at worst, receive a minor penalty.



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