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  24/06/2011: Lazio-CONI: Mayor trying to mediate and Petrucci defiant...
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The issue of Lazio's debt to CONI has rocked the Italian sports community, and pushed Lazio to apply to for their UEFA license in Artemio Franchi.

Now that June 30 is on the doors, Lazio must fork up the debt of 2 million euros to CONI or risk exclusion from Serie A.

The Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno has tried to mediate between Lazio President Claudio Lotito and CONI President Gianni Petrucci to try and solve the issue.

"I invite them to meet and solve the issue, this could turn into a national controversy." said Mayor Alemanno.

But Petrucci was quick to dismiss the advice and call heeded by the mayor: "With all due respect to the Mayor, this is an issue that is between a company on the stock market called SS Lazio, and CONI, who is owned by the Ministry of Economy, thus local authorities have no say here."

"For the issue to be resolved, Lazio must respect the past and current contracts including the 2011-2012 season, and settle all the debt." continued Petrucci.

Alemanno then issued a statement in response: "I am trying to intervene for the best interest of my city. I cannot fathom that one of the teams in capital cannot find an agreement to use the main stadium of the city. I again urge all parties involved to intervene to find a solution."

Wether Lazio will be able to use another stadium, or Lotito is just playing a tad of war to test CONI, only the coming days will tell.

(Mahyar Yahfoufi)
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