Tension Grows Outside FIGC Offices As 500 Angry Roma Fans Protest - Report

Angry protesters are causing tension outside Italian FA headquarters...
Around 500 angry Roma fans have been protesting against the FIGC (Italian FA) outside the organisation's headquarters in the capital city.

Protestors have been arriving all morning to vent their frustrations against the FA and referee Antonio Damato, who took charge of the 2-1 loss to Sampdoria last week. Damato has been accused of being an Inter fann.

A number of Rome-based radio stations had organised and encouraged the protest. Initially, permission was asked to stage it, but rejected by the authorities.

Nevertheless, fans have turned out in force. Forzaroma.info report the protests have been hot and cold with a number of strong chants against the ref and FA.

Police are at the scene in Via Allegri trying to maintain order, but they have been forced to close some roads around the area, adding to heavy traffic.

Some fans have headed to Roma's Trigoria training ground to encourage the team ahead of tomorrow's trip to Parma.

More fans are arriving outside the FIGC, but the atmosphere is fairly peaceful. It seems as though the protestors are keen to display a show of force and commitment, rather than cause trouble.

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