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Mon Apr 21 06:37:21 SAST 2014

Roma’s Ranieri refuses to quit as protests mount

Reuters | 19 February, 2011 15:370 Comments
AS Roma's coach Claudio Ranieri looks on during his Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Olympic stadium in Rome February 16, 2011.
Image by: TONY GENTILE

AS Roma coach Claudio Ranieri stood firm on Saturday and refused to quit after some 200 fans protested at the club’s training ground, throwing flares and firecrackers at the gates.

Roma lost 3-2 at home to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League last-16 first leg on Wednesday and lie a disappointing eighth in Serie A ahead of Sunday’s game at Genoa.

“I won’t abandon ship,” Ranieri told a news conference.

The cash-strapped club are in exclusive sale talks with American consortium Di Benedetto and media reports have said the new owners could look to oust the coach, who led the side to the runners-up spot in Serie A last term.

Police had to be called to clear the demonstrators on Saturday.

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