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AS Roma owner denies reports of sale to Qatar Sports Investments

James Pallotta, the owner of AS Roma, has rebuffed claims that Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), which counts French giants Paris Saint-Germain amongst its portfolio, has made an offer for the Italian club, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.

Corriere dello Sport and L'Équipe have both reported that PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi and QSI advisors met to discuss the viability of the deal, with a €400 million (US$451 million) bid put forward. However, Pallotta, who has owned the Serie A club since 2012, has dismissed any such offer was made, branding the Corriere report as "fake news" on Twitter.

AS Roma already has ties with the Gulf state after signing a €40 million (US$45 million) partnership with Qatar Airways last year, a deal which runs until 2021.

Any proposed takeover of Roma by QSI is complicated by the need to comply with Uefa's Article 5 Integrity regulations. The article bars teams owned by the same company or group from competing in its continental competitions, such as the Champions League and Europa League.

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