Bad Faith

Attention. Potentially world rocking (well, for all romanisti) events are developing on several fronts.

Fioranelli's lawyer, Nicola Irti, spoke about the takeover attempt of his client ('we've demonstrated that the money exists', 'they don't want honest people buying Roma', etcetera). Fioranelli immediately distanced himself from his (now ex) lawyer, stressing his good rapport with both the Sensis and the banks. Sceptical by nature, I have a very real suspicion this was not accidental nor a mental lapse by a professional who should (and does) know better. This looks eerily a lot like a premeditated medial hit job, wherein Irti threw himself on the sword; Fioranelli gets out the message he wants, spreads it to a public he understands to be frustrated using keywords to romanisti (Parmalat & Cirio, general distrust towards banks), but didn't have to do any of the dirty work himself.
Similar theories that this doesn't reflect that good on Fioranelli, were presented by others, in Corriere dello Sport for example. Journalists who wrote about it ('Own goal for Fioranelli') were promptly met by accusations of being bought and doing the work of the paper's owners (guess who, one hint: major Italian bank heavily involved in
all of this), effectively pitting romanisti against romanisti, creating an atmosphere of bad faith.

In any case, the only official response has come from Unicredit, which states that as far as they're concerned Fioranelli has failed to demonstrate that the money necessary to buy Roma exists, and as for the money that do exist, its origins cannot be proven either. So Fioranelli is probably out by now (although he of course insists he is not), and the next likely step is for a 'super manager' to be appointed to handle the sale of AS Roma. He has allegedly already been appointed, and accepted by both Unicredit and Italpetroli, but his identity remains a secret for now. An important factor that the media is reporting right now is that he would not have the authority over AS Roma in the sense that he can sell off assets (players) at his or her whim, but will strictly facilitate the sale of the club to relieve the owning company (Italpetroli) of its smothering debt.

Elsewhere, as if it wasn't complicated enough, the Italian Finance Police has launched an investigation into the (very) up and down trading prices for Roma's stock, in order to determine whether any irregluarities caused it. While it's of utmost importance to remember that the investigation has only just started and conclusions are far from within grasp and no one is guilty, it is also prudent to remember that one theory regarding Fioranelli's angle in all of this was profit via stock manipulation.

Meanwhile, the season starts tomorrow as the team gathers for training camp. Things couldn't have been peachier.