Roma legend, Francesco Totti has withdrawn from a preliminary course to get a coaching badge, due to his commitments as director at the Serie A club.
The Italian Association of Coaches (AIAC) confirmed his decision, with his spot subsequently filled by his former Roma teammate, Simone Perrotta.
“Francesco Totti has demonstrated that he is a champion even off the field,” read a statement from the AIAC to ANSA. “Since he was unable to attend the course regularly, and with respect for his colleagues, teachers and the organisers, he has withdrawn.
“We wish him all the best to become a coach in future. The president of the Region of Lazio’s AIAC, Sergio Roticani, the course leader, Fabio Lozzi, and the state docent for footballing technique and tactics, Biagio Savarese, while disappointed by Totti’s decision, wish to see him back at the school desk again in future.”