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Francesco Totti Quits As Roma Director And Accuses US Owners Of Excluding Him

Francesco Totti Quits As Roma Director And Accuses US Owners Of Excluding Him

Roma legend Francesco Totti has quit as director and taken a parting shot at the club's American owners.

Totti accused US bosses of excluding him from decisions in a sad end to his 30-year association with his hometown club.

Roma's greatest ever player took on a role upstairs after hanging up his boots in 2017 but it has not gone to plan and in a press conference today, "Il Capitano" announced that he is stepping down from his position.

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Totti said: "If the new owners believed in me, then that would be great.

"They knew my intentions and what I wanted, to give so much to this club and team, but they never wanted me to, in all honesty. They excluded me from every decision.

"The rapport with Franco Baldini (technical director) has never existed and never will. If I made this decision, it's only normal that there were misunderstandings, problems within the club.

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"What I can say is that I will never hurt Roma. This is far worse than retiring as a player. Leaving Roma is like dying. I feel like it'd be better if I died."

After spending his entire career at Roma, scoring 307 goals in 786 appearances spread across 25 seasons in Serie A,Totti pulled on the Roma shirt for the final time two years back and was overcome with emotion as the long-time skipper waved goodbye to the Stadio Olimpico crowd.

But after a 30-year link with the Giallorossi, the 42-year old has ripped into the current running of the club since an American consortium took control in 2011.

He even went as far as saying that the American owners don't want Romans involved after seeing fellow one-club man Daniele De Rossi play his final game for Roma last month.

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Totti said: "In these 8 years, the Americans have tried all the ways to set us Roman legends apart from Roma.

"I was never involved in a genuine technical project.

"In the first year, that can happen. In the second, I realised what I wanted to do and we never got together, never helped each other.

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"One of us had to go. I stepped aside because you can't have too many people sticking their oar in and causing chaos. Everyone should do their own job and leave the others to get on with their own work, that'd allow everything to run smoothly."

Totti did not want to make it a complete goodbye after all he's done for the club but said it would take a new owner to come in for him to return.

"If I were to return to Roma, we'd need a new owner," he added.

"So many have told me over the years that I am too much of a weight on this club. That I get in the way."

Well and truly the end of an era...

Topics: Serie A, AS Roma, Italian Football, Roma, Italy, Francesco Totti, Daniele De Rossi

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