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Reports: Roma Forced Totti to Retire

You wanted a smoking gun, well, here it is...

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With less than 12 hours to go before his final match in a Roma shirt, it appears as though we have an answer to Totti’s cryptic can from his “retirement” announcement. In a brief statement Thursday evening, Totti announced that Sunday’s match with Genoa will be the last time he “can” wear a Roma shirt, leaving many to speculate that this decision to walk away from Roma wasn’t entirely his.

Now, I’m hardly a conspiracy theorist, but this supposed fire may have some rather large, billowing smoke rising into the atmosphere. While it hasn’t been corroborated yet, there are reports floating around the internet at this late hour, from calciomercato among others, which are being attributed to the Gazzetta dello Sport, that Francesco Totti told his teammates, in no uncertain terms, that the club forced him out.

Again, we’ll verify this when possible, but this is what Totti was purported as saying during his farewell dinner:

These have been complicated, difficult months, I would have liked to help you all more, but you know how things went. Now they’ve forced me to stop, and I can’t even think of myself not wearing the Roma shirt anymore.

Anyway, thanks to all of you for your kindness.

Once again, if Totti actually said this and this actually proves true, then this casts an entirely different light on this charade, one that leaves the club looking quite poor and, quite frankly, shameful. This would be unforgivable.

More details as they become available, but suffice it to say, this is a potential powder keg for James Pallotta and company.