Cagliari continue to insist the Is Arenas “is ready to host fans,” though tomorrow’s game with Roma looks like it will be played behind closed doors.
The club set up the new stadium over the summer following a row with the local council over restructuring work needed by the Stadio Sant’Elia.
However, the Is Arenas failed security checks again, so Sunday’s match with Roma is to be played without a crowd pending a last-minute appeal.
“The President invested his own resources in this stadium, without asking for public funding or help from the council,” explained director general Francesco Marroccu.
“We respect the authorities and they need to make the decisions, but we were training at the Is Arenas this week and saw there are the conditions to at least partially open up to the fans from Sunday. The few supporters who were there to cheer us on can attest to that.”
Cagliari had already sold tickets for the Serie A match before the authorities ruled fans would not be allowed in.
“We have not yet taken an official position on reimbursements, as we are waiting for a response from the authorities.
“From what we can tell, there is work towards finally opening the gates for our game with Pescara on September 30.”