Roma rocked by ruling
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Italian giants Roma have been rocked by the latest ruling made by CAS.Italian giants Roma have been rocked by the latest ruling made by Lausanne's Sport Arbitration Court.
The capital outfit had appealed against Fifa's decision to ban them from purchasing players in the next summer and winter transfer windows, following complaints made regarding their conduct in signing Frenchman Philippe Mexes.
Roma had hoped to have Fifa's ban overturned by the Sport Arbitration Court (CAS) but their pleas have evidently fallen on deaf ears.
"The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed today the request for a stay filed by AS Roma further to the decision made by Fifa on 23 June 2005 to ban the Italian club from registering any new players, either nationally or internationally, during the current transfer period and the next one," read a statement from CAS.
The Giallorossi can appeal to the Swiss civil court within the next seven days, whilst the players that have already arrived at the Stadio Olimpico on free transfers - Samuel Kuffour, Rodrigo Taddei and Shabani Nonda - will now seek clarification on their futures from the Italian Labour Court.
Despite the recent controversies, Roma coach Luciano Spalletti insists star man Antonio Cassano (pictured) will remain at the club next term.
''Cassano will stay - I felt this since when I signed,'' confirmed Spalletti.
''I can't have guarantees from the club because there are personal problems but I think he will remain.
''As will (Cristian) Chivu and (Alessandro) Mancini.''