Roma owner Jim Pallotta has insisted that stars such as Daniele De Rossi, Kostas Manolas, Aleksandar Kolarov and Edin Dzeko did not conspire to get former coach Eusebio Di Francesco sacked.The 49-year-old lost his job after crashing out of the Champions League at the hands of Porto and reports on Thursday suggested that a group of senior players had pushed for backroom changes amid much infighting.However, Pallotta has moved to deny these rumours and even claimed that De Rossi had lobbied for Di Francesco to be left in charge for the remainder of the season prior to his dismissal in March. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Some aspects of that article made Daniele De Rossi look bad, which is not fair because Daniele has been a warrior for Roma for 18 years. He deserves respect and I have always respected him,” he wrote in an open letter to fans on the club’s official website.”The notion that Daniele was out to get Eusebio Di Francesco sacked is 100% false from all of my conversations with him.”In fact, with 12 games left in the season, I had a phone conversation with Daniele and he personally asked me to keep the coach until the end of the season. So if anyone is suggesting that he was asking for Di Francesco to be sacked, that couldn’t be further from the truth.”If not De Rossi, did Dzeko, Manolas or Kolarov ask for the coach to be sacked? No. I’ve never heard any of those players say that they wanted us to sack Di Francesco. They never came to me either directly or indirectly.””To Roma fans everywhere,”I’ve stayed silent for the last few weeks but there are some things that I feel I need to address…” #ASRomahttps://t.co/ezOzvlKH5o— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 31, 2019De Rossi will be leaving Roma 18 years after making his professional debut for the club in the off-season and Pallotta acknowledged that the club legend was badly treated, with regards to assurances over his place in the team given at the start of the season.”We may have had some differences of opinion on how his playing career at Roma has ended but I’m not going to get into that in the public domain; that’s between Daniele and myself,” he wrote.”Daniele was emotional but he’s emotional because he cares and has cared about Roma forever. He plays with his heart – we’ve seen it for 18 years with Roma.”Was he upset that someone was being brought in to play in his position, as stated in the article? Yes, he was – but that was because a day before he was told by [former sporting director] Monchi that we weren’t bringing in somebody.”Roma finished the 2018-19 Serie A season in sixth place, three points behind Atalanta and Inter, who claimed the last two Champions League places.
“We must pursue, both individually and collectively, strategies that aim to give everyone decent life chances and that seek to ensure realization of all human rights – civil and political, economic, social and cultural as well as the right to development,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson told a committee preparing for next year’s International Conference on Financing for Development.The Preparatory Committee, meeting for the second day at UN Headquarters in New York, also heard from Angela King, the Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, who said that formal programmes to promote savings and entrepreneurship had tended to neglect women.According to Ms. King, that situation was largely a result of the perception that women were dependent on men, and their income was supplementary and of less importance for household survival. Contrary to that view however, studies had shown that women’s income was critical for family well-being, as women tend to allocate a greater share of their income to health, education and nutrition-related expenditures.The Conference, to be held from 18 to 22 March 2002 in Monterrey, Mexico, will seek to address broad development concerns, primarily, obstacles faced by developing countries in mobilizing the resources needed to finance their development and to fulfil the social and humanitarian goals set by global conferences of the past decade. Other key issues include cross-border investment; international trade; official development assistance; debt relief and the international financial architecture.