9 arrested for corruption in building of new Roma stadium

ROME (AP) — Roma's long-delayed plans to build a new stadium have hit another major obstacle with nine people arrested for alleged corruption linked to bureaucratic matters involving the venue.

Among those arrested were the stadium's main constructor, Luca Parnassi, and six of his colleagues.

Roma Mayor Virginia Raggi says, "Those that have erred will pay. We support legality."

Roma's American president, James Pallotta, first presented the stadium plan in March 2014, saying that it would be ready for the 2016-17 season.

But the massive project — due to include a training center, entertainment complex, office space and extensive transportation works — has been delayed by environmental concerns and criticism over public funding.

A prosecutor announced that Roma was not involved in the investigation.