Roma President Fined For Jumping Into Public Fountain To Celebrate Barcelona’s Loss

Roma president James Pallotta has been fined €450 euros (£392) by city authorities after jumping into a fountain while celebrating of Roma’s comeback against Barcelona.

Pallotta took to the streets of Rome to celebrate along with fans after the Serie A side followed a 4-1 quarter-final first leg deficit with a 3-0 home success against the LaLiga leaders.

Roma went through on the away goals rule after the tie ended 4-4 on aggregate thanks to second leg goals from Edin Dzeko, Daniele Di Rossi and Kostas Manolas.

American businessman Pallotta took part in an impromptu celebration which saw him jump into the Piazza del Popolo fountain, near the traditional northern gate to Rome.

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But city authorities did not take kindly to Pallotta’s celebration and fined him.

Following a meeting with Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi, the New York-based property tycoon made a generous offer to pay for restoration work on the Fontana del Pantheon, another fountain in front of Rome’s world renowned tourist attraction.

In a video filmed and posted on the club’s Twitter account Palotta talked of his decision to donate the money and also warned others not to follow his example of jumping into a fountain.

Palotta said: “I certainly got caught up in the excitement, I think it was a great night for all of us in Rome.

“I also don’t want to encourage other people to jump into fountains except if they want to fix the fountain so I’ve decided that I think it will be a great personal gesture to fix the fountain in front of the Pantheon so I’m going to donate €230,000 to it.

“As I said, you know, trying not to encourage people [to jump into fountains]. [I] love this city, if someone does want to jump into it fix the fountain.”

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One thought on “Roma President Fined For Jumping Into Public Fountain To Celebrate Barcelona’s Loss

  • April 12, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Barcelona’s loss is Roma’s gain.
    Who could have believed that the great Barcelona would play 99 mins of football without scoring a single goal.
    This is outrageous.
    Roma’s President, a big man could not hide his joy.
    It was an emphatic win not a laborious one .
    So pay your fine and enjoy this unending joy of yours. Kudos to the Italian fighting machine


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