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ROME, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Prosecutors have asked a civil court to inspect the accounts of the company that controls current Italian League leaders AS Roma, judicial sources close to the investigation said on Tuesday.

The request comes after a former accountant to Roma 2000, which has a 64 percent stake in the Serie A club, identified irregularities related to some balance sheets listing nominal and not real values for shares, the judicial sources said.

AS Roma's press officer declined to comment.

The request comes as Italy reels from the discovery of a multibillion euro accounting hole at dairy group Parmalat, the parent company of Serie A club Parma.

Roma 2000 is owned by the family of Franco Sensi, who has been president of the football club since 1993.

AS Roma hit some problems last summer when they had trouble producing a financial guarantee for this season and had a block on international transfers imposed by FIFA, soccer's world governing body, due to outstanding payments.

Those issues were resolved, however, and under coach Fabio Capello the team have played impressively this season and are currently leaders of Serie A having lost just one of their 18 league matches to date. They last won the title in 2001.
 
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