August 17, 2008 / 11:11 PM / in 10 years

Soccer-Roma president Franco Sensi dies

ROME, Aug 18 (Reuters) - AS Roma president Franco Sensi has died aged 82, the Serie A club said on Sunday.

Rival teams Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan all paid tribute to him on their websites.

Sensi, president of the club for 15 years, had been ill for some time. His daughter Rosella is chief executive.

He oversaw Roma’s third Italian league title in 2001 and they lifted their second successive Italian Cup last season.

The club was at the centre of rampant takeover speculation last term with billionaire financier George Soros showing interest before talks ended.

Writing by Mark Meadows, editing by Ken Ferris

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