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Six Nations 2013: Brian O"Driscoll cited for stamp on Simone Favaro

O'Driscoll cited for stamp on Italy openside Favaro during Ireland's Six Nations defeat

By
Duncan Bech, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

18:15 GMT, 18 March 2013

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UPDATED:

23:18 GMT, 18 March 2013

Brian O'Driscoll has been cited for stamping on Simone Favaro in Ireland's 22-15 RBS 6 Nations defeat by Italy on Saturday.

A brief statement issued by tournament
organisers confirmed that independent citing commissioner Aurwel Morgan
has decided the incident warranted further scrutiny.

The date and location for O'Driscoll's hearing has yet to be announced.

Ouch: Brian O'Driscoll was sin-binned for this stamp during Ireland's final Six Nations clash

Ouch: Brian O'Driscoll was sin-binned for this stamp during Ireland's final Six Nations clash

Cooling off: O'Driscoll spent ten minutes watching the match

Cooling off: O'Driscoll spent ten minutes watching the match

O'Driscoll was sent to the sin-bin for only the second time in his 14-year professional career in the first half of the match at the Stadio Olimpico.

The 34-year-old lifted his right leg and brought it down on to the chest of Favaro, the Italy openside, who yelled out in pain and writhed around on the turf.

The act was out of character for O'Driscoll, who has a fine disciplinary record, and was evidence of his frustration as Ireland slumped to a first Six Nations defeat by Italy.

However, he was lucky to have escaped a red card for an incident that clouded what is thought to have been his 125th and final Test in a green shirt.

Sendoff O'Driscoll could have appeared for the final time in the Six Nations

Sendoff O'Driscoll could have appeared for the final time in the Six Nations

The recommended suspension for a low
end stamping offence is two weeks, the mid range five weeks and top end
nine weeks, up to a maximum of one year.

While the offence was serious, O'Driscoll's lack of previous disciplinary issues will count in his favour.

It will be hoped by his province
Leinster that he is available for the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final
against Wasps on April 5 and for as much of their RaboDirect Pro 12
title push as possible.

A statement issued by the Six Nations
read: 'Brian O'Driscoll, the Ireland centre, has been cited by the
independent citing commissioner for an alleged stamping or trampling on
an opponent, contrary to Law 10.4 (b), in the RBS 6 Nations match
between Italy and Ireland on Saturday 16th March 2013. Details of the
Hearing will be announced later.'

Meanwhile, Ireland wing Luke Fitzgerald has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Italy.

Manchester City told Daniele De Rossi won"t be sold in January

Man City told to forget about De Rossi as Roma say midfielder won't be sold in January

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15:42 GMT, 18 December 2012

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UPDATED:

15:42 GMT, 18 December 2012

Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi will not be sold in January under any circumstances, according to club president James Pallotta.

The future of the 29-year-old has been the subject of intense speculation ahead of the January transfer window, with Manchester City and big spending French club Paris St Germain among the interested parties.

The Giallorossi vice-captain has endured an unsettled season under new Roma boss Zdenek Zeman, struggling to fit into a 4-3-3 formation and missing a significant number of Serie A games through suspension and injury.

Staying put: Roma insist De Rossi won't be sold in the January transfer window

Staying put: Roma insist De Rossi won't be sold in the January transfer window

But Pallotta insists De Rossi has a key role to play as the capital club strive to finish in the top three and qualify for the Champions League. He told Corriere dello Sport:

'We have absolutely no intention of selling De Rossi. We have not had any contact from anyone and we have not received any offers. It is just speculation.'

De Rossi signed a five-year contract extension at the Stadio Olimpico in February to become the highest paid player in Italian football on an estimated wage of 10million euros per year. Roma stabilised an inconsistent start to the season to reach sixth place on the back of four straight wins, but Pallotta is clear that a Europa League berth will not suffice.

'We definitely intend to qualify for the Champions League,' he added. 'If we don't, we will be extremely unhappy.'

Roma fans arrested for attempted murder after Tottenham fan knife attack

Two Roma fans arrested for attempted murder after attacking Spurs supporters with knives ahead of Lazio match

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11:59 GMT, 23 November 2012

Two Roma fans have been charged with attempted murder after Tottenham fans were attacked by a gang wielding knives and knuckle dusters in Rome ahead of their Europa League clash with Lazio.

Italian police said two Roma fans – Francesco Ianari, 26, and Mauro Pinnelli, 25 – were charged after Spurs supporters Ashley Mills suffered knife wounds to his head and leg during an ambush at the Drunken Ship pub in Campo de Fiori while he and fellow supporters enjoyed a drink in the Eternal City at 1am on Thursday morning.

A police spokeswoman said: 'They have been charged with attempted murder for involvement in riots and causing serious injury with a knife and are due to appear in court soon.'

Spelling it out: Lazio fans display a banner and Palestine flags at the Stadio Olympico

Spelling it out: Lazio fans display a banner and Palestine flags at the Stadio Olympico

Andre Villas-Boas has meanwhile urged UEFA to
take action against Lazio if their fans are found guilty of chanting
anti-Semitic songs at Tottenham during the Europa League draw at the
Stadio Olimpico.

The home supporters chanted 'Juden
Tottenham' during the first half of the goalless draw, which came the
day after fans of the London club were attacked in a vicious scuffle in a
city centre pub.

On Friday morning, the FA confirmed they would file an 'urgent report’ to UEFA over the instances.

An FA spokesperson said: 'We were saddened and alarmed to see reports of violent incidents prior to the game as well as anti-Semitic chants.

'The FA had a crowd control advisor present at the fixture who will provide an urgent report which we will pass on to UEFA as a matter of priority.'

UEFA fined Lazio 32,500 for their fans monkey chanting at three Spurs players during the reverse fixture in September, and Villas-Boas hopes the organisation move swiftly to establish the facts.

'It will take another investigation,' the Tottenham manager told a press conference.

Furious: Andre Villas-Boas greets Lazio counterpart Vladimir Petkovic after the match - but the Portuguese was livid with the home fans

Furious: Andre Villas-Boas (left) greets Lazio counterpart Vladimir Petkovic after the match – but the Portuguese was livid with the home fans

'It happened last time and it was acted upon quickly by UEFA. We will have to wait and see if there is anything to act upon. If there is UEFA have to act.'

UEFA are expected to decide whether to launch an investigation tomorrow when they receive the match delegate's report.

Overshadowed: Ultras ran amok in Rome's Drunken Ship pub on Wednesday night, injuring several Spurs fans

Overshadowed: Ultras ran amok in Rome's Drunken Ship pub on Wednesday night, injuring several Spurs fans

The game had already been overshadowed before kick-off by the shocking and brutal attack on a group of the club's supporters early this morning.

Around 20 men burst in to the Drunken Sailor pub in Campo dei Fiori at around 1am and beat the fans with sticks and glass bottles. One fan is recovering in hospital after being stabbed in the head and leg.

No way through: Lazio and Spurs conjured a goalless draw

No way through: Lazio and Spurs conjured a goalless draw

Villas-Boas expressed his disappointment at the attack, saying: 'It is an extremely difficult moment for them.

'We have to be aware there is a police investigation and I'm not in control of all facts. But there is massive disappointment and the fear they've gone through is hard.

'To point a finger at this point would be incorrect but (we) give them a message of support. As a club, we will try to help them overcome this.'

Lazio"s anti-semitic fans must be punished by UEFA says Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas

UEFA have to act quickly against Lazio if fans found guilty of anti-Semitic chants, says Villas-Boas

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22:07 GMT, 22 November 2012

Andre Villas-Boas has urged UEFA to take action against Lazio if their fans are found guilty of chanting anti-Semitic songs at Tottenham during tonight's Europa League draw at the Stadio Olimpico.

The home supporters chanted 'Juden Tottenham' during the first half of the goalless draw, which came the day after fans of the London club were attacked in a vicious scuffle in a city centre pub.

Spelling it out: Lazio fans display a banner and Palestine flags at the Stadio Olympico

Spelling it out: Lazio fans display a banner and Palestine flags at the Stadio Olympico

UEFA fined Lazio 32,500 for their fans monkey chanting at three Spurs players during the reverse fixture in September, and Villas-Boas hopes the organisation move swiftly to establish the facts.

'It will take another investigation,' the Tottenham manager told a press conference.

Furious: Andre Villas-Boas greets Lazio counterpart Vladimir Petkovic after the match - but the Portuguese was livid with the home fans

Furious: Andre Villas-Boas (left) greets Lazio counterpart Vladimir Petkovic after the match – but the Portuguese was livid with the home fans

'It happened last time and it was acted upon quickly by UEFA. We will have to wait and see if there is anything to act upon. If there is UEFA have to act.'

UEFA are expected to decide whether to launch an investigation tomorrow when they receive the match delegate's report.

Overshadowed: Ultras ran amok in Rome's Drunken Ship pub on Wednesday night, injuring several Spurs fans

Overshadowed: Ultras ran amok in Rome's Drunken Ship pub on Wednesday night, injuring several Spurs fans

The game had already been overshadowed before kick-off by the shocking and brutal attack on a group of the club's supporters early this morning.

Around 20 men burst in to the Drunken Sailor pub in Campo dei Fiori at around 1am and beat the fans with sticks and glass bottles. One fan is recovering in hospital after being stabbed in the head and leg.

No way through: Lazio and Spurs conjured a goalless draw

No way through: Lazio and Spurs conjured a goalless draw

Villas-Boas expressed his disappointment at the attack, saying: 'It is an extremely difficult moment for them.

'We have to be aware there is a police investigation and I'm not in control of all facts. But there is massive disappointment and the fear they've gone through is hard.

'To point a finger at this point would be incorrect but (we) give them a message of support. As a club, we will try to help them overcome this.'

Lazio 0 Tottenham 0 – match report: Gareth Bale robbed of Europa League winner

Lazio 0 Tottenham 0: Anti-Semitic chants overshadow stalemate… as Spurs left facing Greek showdown for Europa progress

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21:07 GMT, 22 November 2012

Welcome back, Gazza

Paul Gascoigne

Paul Gascoigne was given a hero's welcome in Rome's Olympic Stadium as the former Tottenham and Lazio midfielder was guest of honour for the two sides' Europa League clash.

Click here to read the full story…

Tottenham could not deliver their battered and bruised fans victory over Lazio, but their Hugo Lloris-inspired draw at the Stadio Olimpico means they are one step closer to the knockout stages of the Europa League.

Their draw against the Rome-based club did not come without controversy, however, as Lazio fans chanted 'Juden Tottenham' at the away fans in an apparent anti-Semitic jibe at the end of a troubled 24 hours for the visiting fans.

One Tottenham fan was in hospital tonight after being stabbed in the skull and thigh during an attack on a bar in the city centre in the early hours of this morning.

Too quick: Gareth Bale (centre) rounds goalkeeper Federico Marchetti (left) and Luis Pedro Cavanda (right)

Too quick: Gareth Bale (centre) rounds goalkeeper Federico Marchetti (left) and Luis Pedro Cavanda (right)…

... before the Tottenham winger taps into an empty net in the fifth minute...

… before the Tottenham winger taps into an empty net in the fifth minute…

... but replays showed Bale was clearly ONSIDE as the pass was played through by Tom Carroll

… but replays showed Bale was clearly ONSIDE as the pass was played through by Tom Carroll

Match facts

Lazio: Marchetti, Cavanda, Biava, Ciani, Radu, Mauri, Gonzalez, Ledesma, Hernanes (Ederson 69), Lulic (Candreva 78), Kozak (Floccari 78).

Subs not used: Bizzarri, Scaloni, Onazi, Rozzi, Floccari.

Booked: Floccari

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Caulker, Vertonghen, Naughton, Sigurdsson (Lennon 63), Sandro, Carroll (Dembele 76), Bale, Dempsey (Defoe 63), Adebayor.

Subs not used: Cudicini, Huddlestone, Dawson, Livermore.

Booked: Vertonghen

Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (Spain).

Attendance: 20,000

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Lazio, and their icon Paul Gascoigne –
who was guest of honour here in the Italian capital – would have hoped
for the football to do the talking, but the apparent anti-Semitic
chanting will disappoint UEFA, who fined the club for monkey-chanting
during the reverse fixture in September.

Gascoigne's appearance on the pitch
had rekindled memories of a glorious era for Lazio and Spurs, but
tonight's tie proved to be anything but a classic.

Libor Kozak, making a rare start,
missed a hatful of chances for the hosts, but Lloris was equally
important in keeping Lazio at bay.

The Frenchman, chosen ahead of Brad
Friedel, denied Kozak twice in the first half and was a steady and
assuring presence throughout.

Tottenham rarely threatened – although Gareth Bale's early strike should not have been ruled out for offside.

But Panathinaikos' victory over
Maribor means Tottenham only have to draw their final game at home to
the Greeks next month to qualify.

Message: Lazio fans hold a banner reading 'Free Palestine' at the Stadio Olimpico

Message: Lazio fans hold a banner reading 'Free Palestine' at the Stadio Olimpico

Not his day: Lazio's Libor Kozak holds his head in his hands after missing yet another chance

Not his day: Lazio's Libor Kozak holds his head in his hands after missing yet another chance

Denied: Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (left) rushes out to save at Kozak's feet

Denied: Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (left) rushes out to save at Kozak's feet

Gascoigne's emotional lap of honour
had whipped up the feelings of both sets of fans, and the game started
off with a bang for the away side.

Spurs should have been 1-0 up after
just four minutes when Bale latched on to Tom Carroll's through-ball and
rounded Federico Marchetti, but the linesman incorrectly ruled the goal
offside.

Tottenham continued to dominate and
went close when Bale picked out Gylfi Sigurdsson, but Stefan Radu
intervened to prevent the forward from scoring.

The home crowd inside the half-empty
Stadio Olimpico were surprisingly quiet in the opening quarter, but they
were brought to the edge of their seats in the 18th minute.

Heads up: Michael Ciani (centre) and Ederson jump for the ball with Jan Vertonghen (left) and Bale

Heads up: Michael Ciani (centre) and Ederson jump for the ball with Jan Vertonghen (left) and Bale

Lloris, who was partly responsible for
a howler against Maribor two weeks ago, mis-judged Cristian Ledesma's
30-yard shot, which he palmed on to the bar. The former Lyon man quickly
made amends by getting to his feet and forcing Alvaro Gonzalez wide
with the follow-up.

Other than a dipping shot from Bale,
Spurs were struggling to get in to the game and they had Lloris to thank
for stopping them from going behind again moments later.

Kyle Walker's slip allowed Kozak to break through, but Lloris saved the striker's shot with his out-stretched leg.

Kozak missed a sitter on the half hour, nodding wide a Stefano Mauri cross from eight yards after losing his marker.

Clean sheet: Spurs keeper Lloris (centre) sees another home effort on goal miss its target

Clean sheet: Spurs keeper Lloris (centre) sees another home effort on goal miss its target

Lazio split the Spurs defence again
just before half-time to send Kozak through, but Lloris came to the
rescue again, storming off his line to clear.

Both sets of supporters sang
Gascoigne's name at half-time, but the football both sides produced
after the break was nowhere near the great man's standards.

Spurs were sloppy in possession and had Kozak to thank for his awful finishing.

No way past: Lazio's Cristian Ledesma (third left) hits his free-kick into the Spurs defensive wall

No way past: Lazio's Cristian Ledesma (third left) hits his free-kick into the Spurs defensive wall

The 23-year-old latched on to a through-ball but he dragged his shot wide, much to the annoyance of the home fans.

It only took five more minutes for the
striker to miss his next chance. This time the Czech straight at Lloris
after being played in by a deft touch from Amauri.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas brought Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon off the bench to give them the cutting edge they lacked.

Ledesma bent a free-kick over the wall and just wide of Lloris' goal as Lazio continued to threaten.

What a player: Gascoigne (right) and Lazio president Claudio Lotito greet the fans before the match

What a player: Gascoigne (right) and Lazio president Claudio Lotito greet the fans before the match

Hero's welcome: Lazio fans wave a flag featuring former star Paul Gascoigne at the Stadio Olimpico

Hero's welcome: Lazio fans wave a flag featuring former star Paul Gascoigne at the Stadio Olimpico

Villas-Boas then brought on Mousa Dembele for his first match in over a month as Tottenham looked to hold on for the point.

Lloris clattered in to a post as he
challenged for a cross with Mauri and then cleared off the line with six
minutes to go from Michael Ciani's header.

Lazio manager Vladimir Petkovic hopes Paul Gascoigne will make Tottenham game in Rome

Come to Rome: Lazio boss Petkovic wants Gazza to attend Spurs game at the Stadio Olimpico

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08:10 GMT, 20 September 2012

Lazio manager Vladimir Petkovic is sad to hear Paul Gascoigne cannot attend Thursday's game against Tottenham and hopes the troubled star will be able to make the reverse fixture between his two former employers in November.

Gascoigne joined Lazio from Tottenham 20 years ago and became a cult hero in the blue and white half of the Italian capital when he scored on his debut against the club's biggest rivals Roma.

Gascoigne went on to spend three years at the Stadio Olimpico before returning to Britain, where he helped Rangers win successive Scottish championships, but thereafter his life spiralled out of control.

Star name: Paul Gascoigne was a favorite with the fans during his time at Lazio

Star name: Paul Gascoigne was a favorite with the fans during his time at Lazio

Debut delight: Gazza scored against rivals Roma on his Lazio debut

Debut delight: Gazza scored against rivals Roma on his Lazio debut

The 45-year-old has battled alcohol problems, admitted beating his former wife and was sectioned under the Mental Health Act since his career ended.

He declined an offer to attend the Europa League game between his two most famous employers due to 'personal reasons', but Petkovic hopes he will be in the stands at the Stadio Olimpico when the two sides meet on November 22.

'I followed Gascoigne when he was at Lazio and I know he was an idol to the fans so I am very sorry that he won't be there and that he is having these problems at the moment,' Petkovic told a press conference at White Hart Lane.

Come to Rome: Lazio manager Vladimir Petkovic hopes Gascoigne attends the return fixture in November

Come to Rome: Lazio manager Vladimir Petkovic hopes Gascoigne attends the return fixture in November

'I certainly hope that with the inner strength that he undoubtedly has, he will be able to recover and that he will be in Rome for the second leg.'

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, unlike his predecessor Harry Redknapp, has vowed to treat the Europa League with the utmost respect, meaning he will field a near full-strength side.

And Petkovic, whose side have won all three of their Serie A games so far this term, intends to do the same.

Lane star: Gascoigne was a hero at Tottenham before he moved to Rome

Lane star: Gascoigne was a hero at Tottenham before he moved to Rome

He said: 'Rotation will come further down the line. At the moment the players aren't tired so I think it's important to keep them playing to continue this series of good performances.

'For now the players who are playing well will continue.'

Villas-Boas and Petkovic both took over as manager of their respective clubs this summer.

The Portuguese was under pressure before last weekend after failing to win any of his first three matches, but Petkovic insists his opposite number has had quite an easy life at his new club compared to him.

Many in Italy were surprised when the Lazio board sacked Edoardo Reja, who missed out on Champions League qualification by two points, and replaced him with Petkovic, who was managing little-known Swiss side FC Sion at the time.

His reign got off to a terrible start, with Lazio losing pre-season fixtures against Getafe, Siena, Torino and Galatasaray, while rioting marred a friendly with Salernitana.

'Villas-Boas was under pressure for the first few games of the season but some of us were under pressure before the season even started,” said Petkovic, who was reportedly set for the sack if he lost his first Serie A game against Atalanta.

And the Bosnian has some advice for Villas-Boas should his season stutter once again.

'As a manager you have to set an example to your players and you need to make sure that you never give up so the players never give up and you never allow the pressure to get to you,' the 49-year-old added.

Tottenham rejected Miroslav Klose bid, says Andre Villas-Boas

He didn't turn us down… we weren't interested: AVB says Spurs snubbed Klose

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09:34 GMT, 19 September 2012

Miroslav Klose was offered to Tottenham during the summer transfer window – but manager Andre Villas-Boas insists HE turned down the Lazio striker.

The veteran Germany international is set to line-up for the Italian outfit at White Hart Lane as the two teams prepare to go head-to-head in the Europa League on Thursday.

Earlier in the summer Klose, 34, claimed that he rejected a move to north London, choosing to honour his deal at the Stadio Olimpico which runs until 2014.

Forward thinking: Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas insists he was not interested in signing Lazio striker Miroslav Klose earlier this summmer

Forward thinking: Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas insists he was not interested in signing Lazio striker Miroslav Klose earlier this summmer

He said: 'Tottenham came looking for me, but I signed for Lazio until 2014 and I intend to respect that contract.'

But speaking ahead of Spurs' showdown with the Serie A side, Villas-Boas revealed he had no interest in signing the former Bayern Munich star.

'Klose is an important player, but I have very good strikers. With Defoe, Adebayor and Dempsey I can feel comfortable,' he told Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Villas-Boas memorably won the competition with Porto in Dublin in 2011 before his short-lived spell at Chelsea and he is keen to emulate that success in charge of Spurs.

'Tottenham will face the Europa League with the spirit to get away and maybe to win it,' he said.

'The Europa League is not a minor cup, it is the entrance to the Champions League and it deserves the utmost respect.'

Go for it: Villas-Boas wants Tottenham to win the Europa League this season

Go for it: Villas-Boas wants Tottenham to win the Europa League this season

The Portuguese coach, however, is expecting a testing opening encounter to Tottenham's European campaign.

'With Lazio it will be a difficult match,' he added.

'The Italian league is one of the toughest in the world and those at the top of it need to be addressed with the utmost concentration.

'They have important players such as Ledesma, who is one of my favourite players.

'Then there’s Hernanes. I expected him to find a top club (in the summer) and instead Lazio have done well to keep him.'

Daniele De Rossi will stay at Roma

Going nowhere! City snubbed as 30m man De Rossi says he's staying with Roma

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14:36 GMT, 21 August 2012

Daniele De Rossi has dashed Manchester City's hopes of a transfer after the midfielder re-affirmed his commitment to Roma.

The 29-year-old was linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League, with City boss Roberto Mancini a known admirer.

However, De Rossi does not want to leave his boyhood club, having been at the Stadio Olimpico since he began his professional career in 2001.

Scroll down to see Roma's tribute to star man Daniele De Rossi

Hands up who's not joining City: Italy international Daniele De Rossi won't leave Roma. It comes after fans held up a banner saying he was 'untouchable'

Hands up who's not joining City: Italy international Daniele De Rossi won't leave Roma. It comes after fans held up a banner saying he was 'untouchable'

Hands up who's not joining City: Italy international Daniele De Rossi has revealed he won't be leaving Roma this summer. It comes after fans held up a banner saying he was 'untouchable'

One club man: De Rossi

One club man: De Rossi

'I'm staying,' De Rossi said at a press conference. 'I never asked to leave.'

De Rossi signed a fresh five-year contract in February to quell speculation of a move but City have tested Roma's resolve with a substantial offer this summer.

'One club, the one you all know, made an enquiry. One or two others, but that was just talk,' added the Italy international.

'What I can promise everyone is that the day I want to leave Roma – whether it is to win the Champions League or make more money – I will say so in public.'

'This is a normal press conference for me, not the announcement of the Third World War. For me it's important to say my piece. I am here at Roma, I'm happy and never asked to leave.

'I don't know if club still want to sell me. Guessing they count on me since they gave me huge contract in February. Ask them.'

De Rossi has 79 Italy caps and has won the World Cup with his country in 2006.

New Roma coach Zdenek Zeman had previously expressed his belief that De Rossi would stay.

He said: 'I am convinced that De Rossi stays with us. He is very important for us and the club has not asked me anything about him. I think he will remain.’

'Has Mancini have ever called me Several times, even when I was at Pescara last year.'

Champions League final: Bayern Munich so at home against Chelsea – Martin Samuel

Bayern Munich are so at home… all that's missing are the slippers

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00:44 GMT, 19 May 2012

Here in Munich, the word of the moment is dahoam. You hear it on the streets, see it in the headlines and on the hoardings, read it on red and white T-shirts on sale at the fan shops around the centre. Dahoam is a Bavarian dialect saying meaning 'at home'. In standard German, it is spelt daheim.

Yet the meaning of dahoam is richer, deeper, more contextualised. Dahoam ist dahoam, Bavarians say, equating to our own phrase, home is where the heart is. It implies something more than just residence; it denotes cosiness, comfort, the warmth of the fireplace, an old pair of slippers, safe and secure and ensconced in the familiar. And this is Bayern Munich's Dahoam Finale.

They have come home to win the greatest prize in club football, the Champions League. If they are victorious in Saturday night's match against Chelsea – and they are odds-on favourites – Munich will be the first club since Inter Milan in 1965 to collect the trophy in their own backyard. If there is any justice, they should be the last, too.

Big task ahead: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo (right) ponders the game with Frank Lampard (right)

Big task ahead: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo (right) ponders the game with Frank Lampard (right)

Including this game, there have been four European Cup and Champions League finals in which one of the competitors got to play at their place, and the home team have never lost in open play.

Real Madrid defeated Fiorentina at the Bernabeu in 1957, Inter beat Benfica at the San Siro and Liverpool and AS Roma played out a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico in 1984. That Liverpool then won the lottery of penalties is one of the competition's greatest feats, corrupted for its own ends by UEFA.

Liverpool's triumph against the odds is no doubt used to justify the wanton disregard for fair play in consistently giving the biggest match of the season to an elite club to host. Three of the last four finals have been dispensed this way.

Yet, as UEFA officials offered mealy-mouthed mitigations to explain Munich's presence in the home dressing room at their own stadium, having trained at their own facility in the south of the city, Munich captain Philipp Lahm and coach Jupp Heynckes made no attempt to disguise the incredible boost they believed their team had received.

Flying the flag: Chelsea fans leave their mark on a bar table in central Munich on Friday night

Flying the flag: Chelsea fans leave their mark on a bar table in central Munich on Friday night

Bayern will attempt to milk their Dahoam Finale for all it is worth, even taking the players on a tour of the city prior to the game, to feel the local fervour and see streets decked in red and white. Bastian Schweinsteiger talked of the players relaxing with a stroll down Maximilianstrasse, perhaps the most famous thoroughfare in the city. Nobody could be sure he was joking.

'It's dahoam,' said Lahm. 'It's my home, my home turf. I was born in Munich. I grew up in Munich. I joined FC Bayern at the age of 11. I was a ball boy here for the European Cup final in 1997. Just being involved then with the stadium full felt sensational. It has been our dream to make it to the final here. This is our home, every week. We feel comfortable and if you look at the city, everyone's happy, so it's definitely a positive to play in Munich.

'We know everything here, we know this place. We go to our usual hotel before the game, as we do for the Champions League, we make it the same as any other match. That gives you a feeling of safety and security.'

Familiar feel: Philipp Lahm (left) and Arjen Robben (right) at Bayern's Saebener Street training ground on Friday

Familiar feel: Philipp Lahm (left) and Arjen Robben (right) at Bayern's Saebener Street training ground on Friday

Quite why UEFA are happy to make one of the finalists feel so settled at the expense of their opponents is a mystery. Paris, Dublin, Athens, Cardiff, Berlin, Rome and Kiev could all have hosted this season's final with no risk of a hometown parade, yet UEFA insist on tempting fate.

The final returns to Wembley next season, but it has already been decided that the 2014 match will be played in the Stadium of Light, Lisbon, home of Benfica. It would not be hard to wait until the identity of the 32 Champions League contenders was known in August before naming the host venue.

To delay deciding the Champions League destination until after the group stage in December would not be impossible. Inescapably it feels as if Europe's big clubs all harbour this dream of winning the Champions League at home; and what the elite wants, the elite gets, for all Michel Platini's fine talk of fairness.

Heynckes confirmed that Uli Hoeness, the Bayern Munich president, said his dream was to play the Champions League final in Bayern's stadium. 'We've made it,' he declared. With a little help from his friends.

In enemy territory: Chelsea must not only overcome Bayern, but beat the Germans in their own back yard

In enemy territory: Chelsea must not only overcome Bayern, but beat the Germans in their own back yard

Perhaps this is why UEFA are so desperate to maintain the illusion of even-handedness. When Heynckes referred to the stadium by its correct name, the Allianz Arena, he was reminded that for UEFA's purposes this was presently the Munich Fussball Arena, with no outside branding or allegiance allowed.

'Both clubs get 17,500 tickets each,' the suit protested. But the tickets on sale in the host country, the corporate seats, the neutrals – who do you think will claim those tickets The Allianz Arena – let's not pretend – will be deafened by the noise of home support, just as 1,000 of Munich's loyalists turned up to watch training in the familiar surrounds of Sabener Strasse, congregating on a nearby hill and bringing banners and flares for their final farewell. 'For the city and the team, make the dream come true,' read one.

When Chelsea trained in the foreign environment of Munich's stadium, the only observers were press men. Heynckes knows this should be Munich's night. 'We'll have our own dressing room, we know every blade of grass on the pitch,' he said. 'That could make a difference. We may not have this chance again, to play the final in our stadium, so this is a fantastic possibility.

Home heroes: Bastian Schweinsteiger (centre) leads Mario Gomez (right) and Jerome Boateng in training

Home heroes: Bastian Schweinsteiger (centre) leads Mario Gomez (right) and Jerome Boateng in training

'I'm going to talk to the team and perhaps drive the team bus through Munich, to see everything with red and white flags and talk with the people. That would be fantastic preparation for a final. Come on, it's quite obvious.'

Indeed it is, to all but UEFA who maintain this ridiculous insistence that a supposedly neutral venue can also be the home of one of the competitors. So this is the hope, encapsulated succinctly by Chelsea's captain on the night, Frank Lampard.

'It gives them an advantage, definitely,' he said. 'We can play around with how much, but at home, in your own stadium, your changing room, your city, your fans – it's got to be an advantage. But to be underdogs gives us determination. The fact they're the home team is a great challenge for us. So bring it on.'

Who are you kidding Bayern's Allianz Arena home is being rebranded the Munich Fussball Arena for the night

Who are you kidding Bayern's Allianz Arena home is being rebranded the Munich Fussball Arena for the night

Think Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar's wobbly-legged mockery in the penalty shootout against Roma and you get the idea. Those with a more efficiently honed sense of fair play than Platini and chums should be rooting squarely for the interlopers in UEFA's cosy Dahoam Finale.

For a particularly delicious rendering of justice, beating the Germans on penalties would also be very sweet; but any win would do.

SIX NATIONS 2012: Toby Flood aiming for starting spot

Flood aiming to charge down Charlie and reclaim Test starting spot

As an audition for a Test recall, it was far from ideal. While ‘charge-down Charlie’ Hodgson was out in Rome, saving England from a first defeat against Italy, Toby Flood was on the receiving end of the same in-vogue method of try-poaching.

The 26-year-old fly half was far from the Eternal City and the glare of national scrutiny in the RBS Six Nations, down in Devon, playing for Leicester against Exeter in the Aviva Premiership.

At about the time Hodgson would have been recounting how he blocked a kick by Andrea Masi and ran through to touch down at the Stadio Olimpico, Flood was charged down by Tom Johnson and Richard Baxter pounced for the try which propelled Exeter to a 19-11 victory over the Tigers.

Contrasting fortunes: Charlie Hodgson (above) cashed in on another charge-down last week, while Toby Flood (below) was caught out

Contrasting fortunes: Charlie Hodgson (above) cashed in on another charge-down last week, while Toby Flood (below) was caught out

Contrasting fortunes: charlie Hodgson (above) cashed in on another charge-down last week, while Toby Flood (below) was caught out

Eight days on, Flood will resume his comeback from an untimely knee injury by starting against champions Saracens at Vicarage Road on Sunday, as one of 16 players released to play this weekend by England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

With Hodgson scoring back-to-back charge-down tries in the wins over Scotland and Italy, his returning challenger for the No 10 shirt is aware that performing the same trick himself wouldn’t harm his chances of featuring against Wales at Twickenham next Saturday. But if nothing else, he is determined to avoid being the victim of this smash-and-grab routine again, at the club where Hodgson has honed the art.

Asked what his priorities will be against Saracens, Flood quipped: ‘Play better than last week would be a good start! That 40 minutes against Newcastle in the snow was obviously delightful and then Exeter away didn’t go the way we hoped, or for me personally, but it’s been good being back with the guys here. I’m working really hard on my charge-downs so Stuart might give me a shout!’

With a slightly more serious tone, he added: ‘I haven’t practised charge-downs, no. I don’t think I’d be let into the Saracens group when they are practising that sort of thing! This week we’ve had so many people here (in England training) that there have almost been conditioned games, 15 on 15. It’s been good fun and a chance to put pressure on kickers. I’ve just had to make sure Charlie hasn’t charged me down. I’ve kept as far away from him as possible – he’s got a reputation at the moment!

Knocking on the door: Flood is pushing for a recall

Knocking on the door: Flood is pushing for a recall

‘What Andy (Farrell, England and Saracens coach) is really good on is the 10’s body language. That is the key to it. Obviously if you stick your hands in the air, sometimes you get lucky, but what he’s driving at is that you can look out for the guy turning his shoulders, or the other small cues you get as a 10. That’s when he’ll want you to go in hard and Charlie has done it twice.’

Flood accepts that Sunday’s match in Watford will serve as a crucial gauge for Lancaster to decide on his state of readiness to be considered for a place in the matchday 22 against Wales. Yet, he is well aware of the need to maintain composure and avoid any temptation to take unnecessary risks in an attempt to stake his claim to be reinstated in the England ranks.

He rejected the suggestion that this collision between last season’s Premiership finalists amounted to a personal trial though, saying: ‘I hope not – like Probables v Possibles, or whatever it was when I was a kid. I was always in the Possibles! You don’t want to go there, throw interception passes and get charged down. I have to see it not as a trial, but as a way of proving my fitness and putting my hand up. With it being a Sunday game, that takes Monday out of the way, so time is not on my side.

‘I can’t try to force things though. Three or four years ago we would all go back to our clubs (during the Six Nations) and if you were sitting on the bench you were mindful that you didn’t want to push it too hard, which happened to me when I was 21 or 22 at Newcastle. You have to settle into it and do what’s right.’

Back in the swing of things: Flood trains with the England squad earlier this month

Back in the swing of things: Flood trains with the England squad earlier this month

Flood could be forgiven for succumbing to angst about the twists of fate which have conspired against him. Having claimed the England stand off place as his own from the spring of 2010 until last summer, he lost his place to Jonny Wilkinson during the World Cup, despite minimal grounds for the about-turn. And following Wilkinson’s Test retirement late last year, which cleared the path for his former Newcastle team-mate to take up the conductor’s baton once more, Flood was struck down by an injury which presented an opportunity for Hodgson to resurrect his international career.

Despite that backdrop, Flood concedes that it would harsh on the incumbent No 10 if he was chosen to replace him for the showdown against the championship leaders.

‘Charlie is top try-scorer in the championship, so I don’t really have a leg to stand on,’ he joked. ‘Charlie has been playing really well, he is running the back line well. I’ve been picking his brains over certain facets of what is going on. The rivalry is never a vendetta. He has handled himself really well and he is just Charlie – he’s never been a bad player. All the things that have been said about missed tackles, being bumped off by (All Black centre) Ma’a Nonu; I don’t think anyone who’s played rugby hasn’t suffered that.’

Reflecting on England’s substance-over-style campaign so far, Flood added: ‘The way they’ve played hasn’t been all glitz and glamour, but there has been a huge work ethic. Of course they would have liked to rip through a couple of times and gone under the posts with big swallow dives, but sometimes you have to win ugly.’ He would settle for an ugly win tomorrow, as long as it featured a strong personal performance. A charge-down try would be the ideal bonus.