Soccer-American DiBenedetto named president of AS Roma

ROME, Sept 27 Tue Sep 27, 2011 7:20pm EDT

ROME, Sept 27 (Reuters) - American entrepreneur Thomas DiBenedetto has been named president of AS Roma a month after his consortium took a controlling share in the Serie A team, the club said in a statement on their website (www.asroma.it) on Tuesday.

The Boston businessman, who becomes Roma's 22nd president, takes over from the Sensi family whose 18-year reign came to an end earlier this year with the club heavily in debt.

Italian Bank UniCredit's lawyer Roberto Cappelli had become interim president until the protracted takeover was finalised in August when Roma became the first foreign-owned Italian club.

DiBenedetto, whose four-man group comprises investors James Pallotta, Michael Ruane and Richard D'Amore, struck a deal with UniCredit bank in April to take a 67 percent share of the club, with the Americans controlling 60 percent of the new consortium.

Last year UniCredit, who retain the remaining 40 percent, had taken on the Sensi family's majority share in Roma in return for cancelling their debt.

The Giallorossi, who finished sixth in Serie A last season, recorded their first victory under American ownership on Sunday, a 1-0 win at Parma.

(Editing by Ken Ferris; To comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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