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More arrests made in corruption scandal over Roma stadium

March 20, 2019
FILE - In this May 2, 2018 file photo, President of Rome's Capitoline Assembly Marcello De Vito attends a ceremony with AS Roma and Liverpool fans at Capitol Hill, hours before the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Liverpool and AS Roma, scheduled at the Olympic stadium, in Rome. De Vito, of the governing 5-Star Movement, was arrested Wednesday, March 20, 2019 for allegedly accepting bribes in a widening corruption scandal centered on Roma's long-delayed plans to build a new stadium. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca, file)

ROME (AP) — The president of Rome’s city council has been arrested for allegedly accepting bribes in a widening corruption scandal centered on Roma’s long-delayed plans to build a new stadium.

Marcello De Vito of the governing 5-Star Movement was picked up by police for allegedly taking payments from the stadium’s former constructor, Luca Parnassi, to help advance the project. Three other people were also arrested.

Parnassi was among nine people arrested in June when the scandal was first revealed.

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 — yet construction has still not started.

Pallotta has since cut ties with Parnassi and is currently negotiating a 105 million euro ($120 million) deal to buy the proposed stadium site in Tor di Valle himself.

Tor di Valle is located about halfway between downtown and Leonardo Da Vinci Airport.

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