UEFA Suspends Roma President

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UEFA has slapped Roma president James Pallotta with a series of matchday sanctions following his criticism of Champions League referees.

The American will serve a three-month ban from performing official duties in European fixtures after labelling the officiating in May’s semi-final second-leg clash with Liverpool as “embarrassing” and calling for VAR to be introduced.

Roma lost the tie 7-6 on aggregate despite a 4-2 win in the return encounter at Stadio Olimpico.

Pallotta later laughed off the proceedings after UEFA issued an improper conduct charge.

“I’m surprised by the opening of this disciplinary procedure,” Pallotta told Italian news agency ANSA.

“For me it is UEFA’s conduct which is inappropriate. What do I think? I’m dying of laughter.”

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The American’s suspension prevents him from communicating with players and coaches, while he is not allowed to enter the technical area, dressing room or tunnel before or during matches.

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