Cagliari are appealing against the 3-0 victory handed to Roma and director general Francesco Marroccu urged “solidarity” for President Massimo Cellino’s battle.
The club was punished after Cellino invited fans to attend Sunday’s planned match at the Is Arenas, which was to be played behind closed doors due to the venue failing security checks.
Fearing public safety issues if fans turned up and were not let in, authorities cancelled the game and the FIGC handed a 3-0 victory to Roma.
“In my eight years at Cagliari, I have never held a Press conference,” explained director general Marroccu today.
“If I believe it is right to come here today, it is because I represent all the directors and people who work for Cagliari, all of us Sardinian.
“We want to send a message of solidarity for President Cellino and urge him to continue his battle. We intend to make clear that we directors would never let ourselves be represented by someone who does not respect the rules.
“Our club has never been involved in scandals such as betting or false passports, but now all of that seems to have been destroyed and forgotten.
“I have been with the President in Lega meetings and can confirm the utmost respect that emanates from a person who has always done so much for football, in the full respect of the rules and the authorities.
“The President has been attacked by everyone. For what happened in one day, Cagliari seem to have become a gang of thieves and that is not right.
“I also want to show my support to the squad and the Coach, who have been through tough days.”
Cagliari are back in action on Wednesday evening against Milan at San Siro.
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