Roma appoints president during DiBenedetto delay

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Associated Press

Posted on July 5, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 5 at 11:02 AM

ROME (AP) — Unicredit lawyer Roberto Cappelli has been appointed president of the Roma soccer club following delays in the takeover by Boston executive Thomas DiBenedetto.

A group of American investors led by DiBenedetto signed a deal in April to take over the club, but the change hasn't been approved by Roma's board of directors.

Roma says in a statement that it also made former Lecce CEO Claudio Fenucci CEO, and gave the new executive board powers to run the club — essentially ending the Sensi family's 18-year reign at the club.

DiBenedetto hopes to become president by the end of the month.

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