Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
Police have arrested nine people after an investigation into plans to construct a new stadium for AS Roma. ‘The Police Investigative Unit of the Provincial Command of Rome are giving effect to a protective order issued by Rome magistrates against nine persons (six imprisoned on remand, and three under house arrest)’, read a statement from Carabinieri military police. ‘The charges relate to criminal association aimed at committed corruption and other crimes against the public administration, as part of procedures related to the construction of the new AS Roma football stadium’.
A website for the ‘Tor di Valle’ project states that the stadium will initially seat 52,500 at a cost of €400 million, however will be expandable to 60,000. It is understood that the project was approved in December last year, and partners include Eurnova, Lend Lease, Meis, Libeskind, LAND and the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS).
Those arrested include Luca Parnasi, owner of Eurnova; Luca Lanzalone, head of electricity company ACEA; Adriano Palozzi, Vice President of the Lazio region where AS Roma is located; and Michele Civita, a regional councillor, reported Corriere della Sera. It is understood that AS Roma is not involved.
Rome’s Mayor, Virgina Raggi, insisted that the stadium project would go ahead. ‘The Stadium in Tor di Valle is fast approaching’, she wrote in a Facebook post yesterday (see below). ‘Yesterday at midnight, time elapsed to submit comments on the project. There have been 31 and we have been at work since this morning to answer the questions. Let’s not wast time. This work – which we have modified by achieving the cutting of concrete framework and increasing green space – will bring new jobs and improve the lives of inhabitants in the south quarter of the city […] We want the dream of the stadium in Tor di Valle to become a reality soon.’
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