Roma president to pay fine after jumping into fountain

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Roma president to pay fine after jumping into fountain
Roma players celebrate reaching the semifinals after the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between between Roma and FC Barcelona, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Tuesday, April 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

ROME (AP) — Roma president James Pallotta says he will pay a fine and has apologized to Mayor Virginia Raggi for jumping into a downtown fountain to celebrate the win over Barcelona.

Surrounded by a crowd of flag-waving Roma fans, Pallotta was seen performing a backward somersault in his dress shirt and pants into a fountain in the Piazza del Popolo.

Pallotta was ecstatic after Roma surprised Barcelona with a 3-0 win Tuesday to overturn a three-goal first-leg deficit in the Champions League quarterfinals.

Pallotta, a Boston executive who was part of the four-man American team that purchased Roma in 2011, is also a minority owner of the Boston Celtics.

City ordinances call for a 500 euro () fine for wading into historic fountains.

After a complaint from the Codacons consumer advocacy group, the ANSA news agency reported that Pallotta called Raggi to apologize.

Roma says Pallotta was to see Raggi later Wednesday for a previously scheduled meeting.