Cagliari match called off after club defies authorities

Reuters, Sunday 23 Sep 2012

Cagliari municipal government ordered their game with AS Roma to be postponed

Cagliari stadium
Cagliari stadium (Photo: Reuters)

Cagliari's Serie A match at home to AS Roma was called off in bizarre circumstances on Sunday after the club defied orders from local authorities to stage the fixture behind closed doors.

Serie A confirmed on its website that the Cagliari municipal government had ordered the game to be postponed after a late-night meeting.

Cagliari have moved to the Is Arenas on the outskirts of the Sardinian capital but the local authorities ruled earlier this week that the stadium was not ready to host Serie A games despite recent improvements.

However, on Saturday, Cagliari put a statement on their website inviting fans to attend the match anyway as the club considered the stadium to be ready.

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