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Jun 17, 2019, 3:07:00 PM

Francesco Totti “excluded” as Roma director

Roma legend Francesco Totti has blasted the club after his 30-year association with the Italian giants came to an end.

Former captain Totti had been working in a director role at the club since retiring two years ago, but felt his views were being ignored by the Roma hierarchy.

Totti, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, said: “I never had the chance to express myself. I was never involved in a genuine technical project.

“In the first year, that can happen. In the second, I realised what I wanted to do and we never got together, never helped each other.

“They knew my intentions and what I wanted, to give so much to this club and team, but they never wanted me to, in all honesty. They excluded me from every decision. I will now take other paths

“This is far worse than retiring as a player. Leaving Roma is like dying. I feel like it'd be better if I died,” he added.

Words: Jake Evans

Images: PA