Cagliari are extending their appeal against the decision to award a win to Roma over the Is Arenas chaos. “Punish me, not the club,” said President Massimo Cellino.
The match was called off on September 23 amid public safety fears when the stadium failed security checks, but Cellino invited all fans to attend the game that was due to be played behind closed doors.
Roma were awarded a 3-0 victory, but Cagliari are pursuing a legal battle to have the game played again instead and today took their appeal to the TAR tribunal.
“Principles are important,” President Cellino told Tele Radio Stereo. “We are tied to sporting principles of fair play and anything else ruins football. I fight so that football remains a sport.
“I do not see Roma as antagonists, because we have always been on friendly terms and I hope they win the Scudetto.
“I am doing this to honour sporting justice. I want to ensure that if I did make a mistake, then it would not be the Cagliari fans who paid the price for it. I must be the shield for Cagliari, not the other way round.
“I will express my views in court, but that does not mean Roma are our enemies at all. I do this because I want to do what is best for Cagliari.”