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Roma president hits out at Italian media for 'making s*** up' amid Di Francesco sack reports

15:36 BST 22/10/2018
Eusebio Di Francesco Roma 2018-19
Saturday's defeat to SPAL saw rumours intensify that the Giallorossi boss could be fired following a disappointing start to the season

Roma president James Pallotta has hit out at the Italian press for "making s*** up" amid claims he is about to sack manager Eusebio Di Francesco.

The Giallorossi lost 2-0 to SPAL at Stadio Olimpico on Saturday, leading to a report from Corriere dello Sport claiming that Pallotta had held meetings with the club's hierarchy regarding Di Francesco and his future.

Pallotta, though, has hit out at such reports, insisting that he did not hold any conversations with the Serie A club's powerbrokers over the possibility of axing the manager.

“Contrary to certain articles in today’s Italian media, I didn’t speak to Franco Baldini, Monchi, Mauro Baldissoni or Alex Zecca after the match about the coach and any journalists reporting on imaginary conversations are simply making s*** up," he said in a statement released via the club's Twitter account.

Roma are next in action in the Champions League on Tuesday, where they will face CSKA Moscow.

They will be without midfielder Javier Pastore, who has been ruled out with a muscle injury as they look to get back to winning ways.

The Italian club have thus far beaten Viktoria Plzen 5-0, though they were thumped 3-0 by Real Madrid in their opening European game of the season.

Roma are currently seventh in Serie A, 11 points behind leaders Juventus, having won four of their opening nine games.