Rome is mourning the loss of Franco Sensi, president of football club A.S. Roma and one of the most important figures in the local and national sporting world. Sensi passed away on 17 August at the age of 82 after a long illness. Tributes have been arriving from prominent figures in Italian politics and sport while Roma fans have begun expressing their sadness on various websites and weblogs.

Sensi was the president and owner of the Roma football team from 1993. Under his presidency Roma experienced considerable success, winning the prized