Cagliari, March 1 - Cagliari Chairman Massimo Cellino on Friday refused to leave jail after being granted house arrest in a case concerning alleged corruption in relation to the Serie A club's ground. "Chairman Cellino felt that he should only come out when it has been recognised that he has nothing to do with this affair as he has done nothing wrong," Cellino's lawyer, Benedetto Balleri, said. Cellino was arrested along with two local officials on February 14. The investigation regards renovation work on the Is Arenas stadium on the outskirts of the Sardinian city. Cagliari have had trouble with the ground since moving there at the start of this season due to problems with it being cleared as fit to host the public. The team's first Serie A match of the season against Atalanta was played behind closed doors. Their second game against AS Roma was cancelled after Cellino defied local authorities by telling home fans to turn up to a match that was meant to be played in an empty stadium for safety reasons. Roma were awarded a 3-0 win. Only parts of the Is Arenas were open at a number of games this season and last weekend's home match against AC Milan went ahead at the ground after Cagliari successfully appealed against a decision to move the contest to Turin. Cellino, Mauro Contini, the mayor of the Quartu municipality where the stadium lies, and Stefano Lilliu, the local council's public works chief, are suspected of attempted embezzlement and deception. In November three other people were put under house arrest in relation to the investigation. Cagliari had to play a number of games in Trieste at the end of last season because of problems with their former home, the Stadio Sant'Elia.
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