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Roma president to pay fine for jumping into historic fountain after beating Barcelona in Champions League

James Pallotta also pledges to donate €230,000 to fix another Rome fountain in front of the Pantheon and apologises to mayor

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 April, 2018, 11:24am
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 April, 2018, 11:24am

Roma president James Pallotta agreed to pay a fine and apologised to Mayor Virginia Raggi on Wednesday after jumping into a downtown fountain to celebrate the team’s win over Barcelona.

Surrounded by a crowd of flag-waving Roma fans, Pallotta threw himself backwards in his dress shirt and trousers into a fountain in the Piazza del Popolo.

Pallotta was ecstatic after Roma surprised Barcelona with a 3-0 win to overturn a three-goal first-leg deficit in the Champions League quarter-finals.

“I want to thank the mayor for my well-deserved fountain fine of 450 euros,” Pallotta said. “Certainly I got caught in the excitement.”

Pallotta, a Boston executive who was part of the four-man American team that bought Roma in 2011, is also a minority owner of the Boston Celtics.

“We spoke and he apologised,” Raggi said. “He did it in a moment of excitement but he realises the importance of the example he needs to provide. And clearly he’ll pay the fine.”

Pallotta met Raggi on Wednesday for a previously scheduled meeting and pledged to donate 230,000 to restore another fountain, in front of the Pantheon.

“I don’t want to encourage other people to jump into fountains, except if they want to fix a fountain,” Pallotta said.

Roma is still seeking final approval to start construction on a new stadium inspired by the Colosseum.