Roma release statement after assault allegations against one of their coaches

Roma release statement after assault allegations against one of their coaches

Roma issued a statement saying that they assisted and supplied information to the appropriate authorities following the alleged attack on Bodo/Glimt coach Kjetil Knutsen.

Nuno Santos, Roma's goalkeeping coach, reportedly attacked the 53-year-old Norwegian coach during Bodo/Glimt's 2-1 Europa Conference League victory over the Giallorossi yesterday.

According to reports, the Portuguese trainer grabbed Knutsen by the neck and shoved him against a wall out of anger.

Here is Roma’s statement on the situation in full:

AS Roma would like to note that, following the conclusion of the match on Thursday evening, club directors and other members of the coaching staff remained at the Aspmyra Stadion until 00:45 local time, purely for the purpose of providing UEFA and local authorities with all the details of what transpired in the areas outside the changing rooms following the full-time whistle.

“The club has total confidence that UEFA and its various bodies will ultimately establish with clarity and precision where responsibility lies for the events that occurred, events that we have already described and explained in detail to all the relevant authorities present on site.

“Finally, the club would like to emphasize that it has always conducted itself in a manner that upholds the values of fair play and sportsmanship, both on and off the pitch: the same principles that we hope will be on display throughout next week’s second leg.”

This is not the first time Nuno Santos has come under fire for his fury; during his time at Tottenham, also under Mourinho, he was given a one-match suspension and fined £8,000 for verbally insulting the referee during a 1-1 draw with Newcastle.