Cagliari President Massimo Cellino has suspended himself after his actions prompted a 3-0 victory to be handed to Roma.
The patron invited fans to attend Sunday’s planned game, which had been ordered behind closed doors due to the venue failing security checks.
As a result, the authorities cancelled the match fearing public safety problems and today Roma were awarded the 3-0 win.
This evening Cellino released a statement on the Cagliari website confirming he had suspended himself from the role of President.
“It was considered necessary out of a sense of duty to the club, the city, the fans and the sporting authorities, especially as it will allow the President to freely defend himself in all courts.
“Cellino believes the time has come to proceed towards a definitive and constructive clarification of his position, without it affecting Cagliari Calcio.
“He will return from America to Italy so that he can protect his interests when faced with decisions that were made with scant knowledge of the enormous and shocking problems experienced over the last few months.
“There have been clear misunderstandings and a lack of sensibility shown towards the efforts Cagliari Calcio have gone to, directly and without support, to guarantee football at the highest level in Sardinia.”