Tiago Pinto discusses impact of Wijnaldum’s injury on Roma’s morale

Roma executive Tiago Pinto speaking to the media
Andy Mattioli

Roma General Manager Tiago Pinto addressed the situation concerning Gini Wijnaldum’s fractured tibia the player suffered in Sunday’s training session. The Portuguese director praised the media outlets that refused to point fingers at a culprit.

“I have to thank the few media outlets that have not looked for a culprit for this situation, all of us in football have a social responsibility and that includes journalists as well,” he told DAZN.

“Those who have gone to look for a culprit and pointed out a particular name… only those that know nothing about football can write such things.”

“I congratulate the journalists who have had the ability to understand that this was not the right path to follow.”

“It’s true,” he continued. “We were riding on a wave of positivity, but this is football and we cannot complain or give up the enthusiasm that we have built so far.”

“We’re all sorry for Wijnaldum. We put so much effort into bringing him and he’d become part of our family, like the coach said, in less than two weeks he’s been here with us.”

On Wijnaldum’s recovery, he added, “It’s been difficult. We must think of him and we also must think of the team.”

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