Tuesday September 18 2012
Cagliari-Roma behind closed doors

Cagliari have confirmed their home game with Roma will be played at the Is Arenas behind closed doors.

There were doubts over whether the new stadium would pass security checks in time for the Serie A match on September 23.

“Cagliari Calcio, despite putting into place every necessary change, can only accept that the local council will not allow the fans to attend Cagliari-Roma on September 23 at the Is Arenas,” read a statement.

“The criticism of the stadium seem to come from misunderstandings with the authorities which we hope to resolve over the next few days.

“In any case, Cagliari Calcio reiterate the utmost respect for the decisions made and suspend all ticket sales for the September 23 match with Roma.”

Cagliari abandoned the Stadio Sant’Elia in a row with the local council over reconstruction work.

Their first home game of the season against Atalanta was also played behind closed doors, though the Is Arenas has been criticised by the WWF for disturbing local fauna.

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