Soccer: Cagliari to appeal 3-0 loss for scrapped game

Roma awarded match after Sardinian club defied authorities

Soccer: Cagliari to appeal 3-0 loss for scrapped game

(ANSA) - Cagliari, September 25 - Cagliari are set to appeal against the decision to award AS Roma a 3-0 walkover win for Sunday's Serie A match between the teams that did not take place after the Sardinian club's chairman defied the authorities. Cagliari's prefect ordered the match not to be played at the weekend after Chairman Massimo Cellino told home fans to turn up to a match that was meant to be played behind closed doors because the ground was considered unfit for use. On Monday Serie A's sporting judge awarded Roma a 3-0 win. "I've spoken to the chairman and he is very determined to defend himself and explain what happened," the club's lawyer, Mattia Grassani, told ANSA. Cellino has been in a long dispute with the local authorities over his team's home ground. Cagliari played a number of games in Trieste at the end of last season because of problems with its long-standing home, the Stadio Sant'Elia. The team moved to the Is Arenas Stadium in the outskirts of the Sardinian city this term but the ground is not ready to host fans despite recent renovation work. Italian Soccer Federation prosecutors are investigating the scrapping of Sunday's match and Cagliari could face further punishment.

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