Officers from the Carabinieri military police swooped in the early hours to arrest people on a range of charges that include a criminal conspiracy to corrupt public officials.
No-one from Roma has been arrested or charged by police. Italian media reported that among those taken into custody is Luca Parnasi, owner of the construction company Eurnova, which is in line to build the new ground.
Also arrested was Adriano Palozzi, vice-president of the Lazio region where Rome is located, regional councillor Michele Civita and Luca Lanzalone, the head of municipal electricity company ACEA, who has worked closely with Rome mayor Virginia Raggi in the ongoing approval process.
“Those who did wrong will pay. We’re for legality. if everything is up to standard then we hope that the project can go ahead,” said Raggi.