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Roma deny Lippi talk

September 23, 2010
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Roma director of sport Daniele Prade has denied Marcello Lippi has been lined up to replace Claudio Ranieri.

Marcelo Lippi
GettyImagesMarcelo Lippi has said he is ready to return to management

Ranieri admits Lippi fears

Roma have had a poor start to the season and, after the 2-1 defeat to Brescia on Wednesday, Ranieri revealed that he believed there was truth to the rumours Lippi could be brought in.

However, Prade said: "I have an immediate response: There's absolutely nothing to it. We have great confidence, respect and friendship towards Ranieri.

"We will face whatever problems we have with him. We'll have time to talk. It will be a sad journey home from Brescia because we come away from this game humiliated."

Meanwhile, Roma defender Philippe Mexes could face a lengthy ban after he clashed with referee's assistant Nicola Ayroldi following his red card against Brescia.

"I hear that a long ban could fall to Mexes but it's not fair," Prade said. "It was the referee that made our player lose his mind."

Fans showed their support to the player on Thursday morning with banners outside Roma's training ground reading 'Mexes our hero'.