Massimo Cellino has admitted that he recently almost bought Triestina, the club whose stadium hosted his Cagliari yesterday.
In the middle of a dispute with local Sardinian authorities, Cellino took his Rossoblu side north to use the Stadio Nereo Rocco for their Saturday 2-2 draw with Inter. It is a ground the club previously used in 2004 and is home to struggling lower-League side Triestina.
In an interview to a local paper in Trieste, the Cagliari President reflected of Triestina’s struggles and how he is keen to repay their hospitality, even if he can’t buy them as he had once planned.
“It hurts me to see Triestina in Serie C1,” he told Il Piccolo. “I want to do something to help them and to thank the city.
“About a month ago my lawyers suggested to me that the club was failing. However, I am convinced that we should not benefit from the misfortune of others.
“I saw that the team is responding and I am sure they will be saved. Then, I gave orders after my last experience at the Nereo Rocco to buy Triestina.
“I thought it was possible until the President of the Lega Pro Mario Macali told me that I was not permitted to hold a similar simultaneous operation to Cagliari.
“Someone suggested I go ahead anyway and buy them, but I like to work in the sun, not in the shade. Moreover, this would require commitment.
“Now, I have a moral commitment to help Triestina.”
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