Roma impose media ban

Strugglers Roma have opted to limit statements made by the players and coaching staff in the hope of turning their fortunes around.

The Eternal City outfit have endured a dismal start to the season in Serie A and the management have sought to reduce any further distractions.

Following Sunday’s 2-0 loss at Napoli, which left Roma in the relegation zone, club president Rosella Sensi has imposed a media silence on the players and the coach.

A statement from Sensi via the club’s official website read: "I believe that at times of great difficulty, work represents the best medicine.

"Roma in the next few days has to focus on two concepts: silence and fatigue.

"Everyone will be able to express themselves in the game against Genoa on Saturday 16th October."

Roma finished runners-up to Inter Milan last season, but have managed just one win in six games this term.

"I ask our fans to get behind (Roma coach Claudio) Ranieri and our players," Sensi said.

"Our fans have always guaranteed us a fantastic support and we need that more than ever.

"I am convinced of Roma’s strength and of the possibility to recover.

"But in sports, this is only obtained with absolute determination and sacrifice."