Tuesday September 25 2012
Why reward Roma?

Cagliari were right to be punished for Sunday’s farce, but, asks Antonio Labbate, should Roma really have been awarded a 3-0 win?

There have been some questionable decisions made by the footballing authorities on the peninsula in recent years. Too many, in all honesty. Yet the latest, which saw Roma awarded a 3-0 victory at Cagliari 24 hours after the game was called off, was one of the more debatable.

Cagliari deserve to be punished for the ridiculous actions of their President Massimo Cellino. Of that there is no doubt. To invite fans to come and watch a game at a stadium which does not yet have the necessary safety certificates is just crazy, even by Italian football’s standards.

What is up for debate is whether Roma should have been awarded the three points. Sure, Cagliari were in violation of a number of articles within the rule book, but each case should be judged on its own unique circumstances. And this was unquestionably unique. The encounter had not kicked off, the behaviour of fans didn’t cause its abandonment and Cagliari’s players, for all intents and purposes, were ready to do battle.

What really needs to be assessed with regard to the resulting fictional away win is what harm was actually done to Roma? And is the awarding of three points just compensation? “We are the damaged party in this affair,” stated Roma director general Franco Baldini. “We had organised everything for this match, including flights and hotels.

“Roma do not just need to look after their own interests and those of their fans, but also protect the sacrosanct right to respect rules in competitions. They cannot be bent to suit subjective needs.”

Baldini is clearly correct in terms of the latter, but, one could argue, the only real damage caused to them at the weekend was one of inconvenience and financial cost. Let us not forget, after all, that Roma booked into their Sardinian lodge without the injured trio of Francesco Totti, Pablo Daniel Osvaldo and Daniele De Rossi. Not bad footballing circumstances at all to be gifted a victory.

In giving Roma a 3-0 win, the authorities run the risk of falsifying a championship. For the sake of argument, how do you think other clubs would react if Roma won the Scudetto, qualified for the Champions League, Europa League or survived relegation by a margin of less than three points? It would be Calcio’s World War XXIV.

What arguably would have been a fairer solution for this sorry mess would be to dock Cagliari three points, get the Sardinian outfit to cover the capital club’s costs and reschedule the game. That way, let’s allow the best team on the day to win rather than the club with the least provocative President.

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Have your say...
A highly illogical article that purely reflects the poor mentality of this pseudo-journalist. Shame.
on the 12th December, 2012 at 3:31pm
Clearly who wrote this article is a glorified donkey... Why on hearth should a team be penalized for the fact that the President asked the supporters to come to the stadium? A week later, with no works done on the stadium whatsoever, the safety certificates were awarded and thousands of people watched the game safely. What does this mean? Possibly that Cellino was bloody right!!!!
on the 15th October, 2012 at 10:45pm
This debate is insignificant... Roma will not be winning the title
on the 26th September, 2012 at 10:36pm
This writer a lazio or Juve fan? How does such obvious biad and hate be allowed to be published on a serious website? Articles like this will have this site on comparison with PATHETIC
on the 26th September, 2012 at 9:57pm
Not Fan to neither team and would rather like to ser Roma lose three points .
But your argument falls ön it's own logic.
Why should Roma be punisched för cellinos crazy ideas?
If Roma lose the scudetto with 2 points in the End and they had the chance of 3 travelling to sardinia.
Who sats they were not finns win the three points? They become punished sorg your Way of åring things When they got to play One match less then everybody else because they could have taken One or three points instead.
on the 26th September, 2012 at 9:49pm
Read the rules governing Serie A before spouting such nonsense please. They are clear and unambiguous... like the appalling bias in this article.
on the 26th September, 2012 at 7:04pm
think of it this way: if Cagliari were not punished for this, then any time some team thought they might lose a game (best players injured, coach out to a funeral, bad playing conditions, etc.), they would just pull a stupid stunt like this. there are reasons that FIGC have rules and while i do not always agree with them, they have to be obeyed otherwise their authority will be totally undermined and worthless and you will wind up with all forms of chaos.
on the 26th September, 2012 at 6:32pm
What a piece of was not roma s fault the match got cancelled
on the 26th September, 2012 at 6:28pm
much of what you say in this article is fair, however, Cagliari were explicitly told by FIGC exactly what they HAD TO DO-yet Cellino & co. expressly disobeyed them. financial punishment would have been a slap on the wrist, but if the game had not been awarded, Roma would have been unfairly forced to replan + reorganize their schedule to replay the game. as far as Roma winning a scudetto with this on their record-Juve, Inter & Milan have all won titles with worse things on their records
on the 26th September, 2012 at 6:17pm
This is just silly. Cagliari (or their president to be exact) made a mockery out of the rules, Roma didn't, the game was correctly ruled 0:3 and Cagliari punished.
on the 26th September, 2012 at 6:01pm
You Rubentino are pathetic, this doesn't concern your team. If this exact scenario happened to Juve it would be 3-0 win for Rube, no conspiracy. Why is it that Rubentino have such a hard time understanding the rules?

If you don't forfeit this match then what will stop people from intentionally getting games re-scheduled for a tactical advantage? Never mind the disregard for public safety and the fact Cellino knew what he was doing.
on the 26th September, 2012 at 5:29pm
it's FIGC decision, not ROMA.. ROMA went to cagliari to play a GAME ! to win a GAME, not to bet for a 3-0 victory ! rules are rules! damn, i would love to see a reschedule game so ROMA can trash Cagliari so this guy can shut his mouth.. wonder if this case is happening to a 'lady'. this stupid article are never existed.
on the 26th September, 2012 at 5:14pm
It was Cagliari mistake and fair for ROMA. ROMA went to Cagliari to play a game, and then this accident happened.. ROMA spent money to travel to Cagliari, and ROMA players wasted their energy travelling. Let's make it simple. Roma come to Cagliari to play > Cagliari's stupid president make a trouble > FIGC decided to punished Cagliari with a victory 3-0 for ROMA. That's it ! So if you don't want to lose 3-0, don't doing stupid things! really bad article..
on the 26th September, 2012 at 5:01pm
its not a decision made by roma or cagliari..... so its non sense talking abt it....cagliari's blunder made them pay....
on the 26th September, 2012 at 4:25pm
What are these Roma fans talking about Juve,i guess nothing better to do....if this happened to Juve we would hear much worse crap from all the other teams,complaining that we're cheaters.....3 points without playing does it feel good??????Forza Juve !!!!
on the 26th September, 2012 at 3:27pm
I wonder if this article would ever have been written if it was Juventus being awarded the 3 points?
on the 26th September, 2012 at 1:48pm
I don't agree with what you have written, but instead of insulting you for having an opinion, I'd like to argue that it would set a dangerous precedent if the game wasn't awarded to Roma. Although Cagliari will still be docked three points in the way you want to punish them, you have to concede that Roma were the damaged party in all this. I think itd be harsh on them if they were forced to fine the time in their schedule to play again.
on the 26th September, 2012 at 1:20pm
I'm dissapointed I spent five minutes reading this crap. Cellino brought the game into disrepute and authorities had no other option but to cancel the match. Cellino, representing Cagliari were at fault. 3 points Roma. End of...
on the 26th September, 2012 at 12:22pm
Why am I not surprised that juve supporters get the jitters when it comes to respecting the rules?

The fact that such a shamelessly biased piece was allowed to be published does not reflect well on the credibility of such a great site as Football Italia.
on the 26th September, 2012 at 12:19pm
Nonsensical article just written for controversy. I'm very disappointed that football italia has fallen to these low levels. I've been a avid reader of 10 years and I might have to start reading goal blogs now.
on the 26th September, 2012 at 11:53am
last year Napoli sabotaged a game vs Juve and it was rescheduled. Same had to be done to this game. Dock Cagliari 3 points and reschedule the game. Why should Roma get an advantage of one man's mistake?
on the 26th September, 2012 at 10:58am
This article is a joke. The rules are clear. Of course we should have been awarded the 3-0 win. End of story, now we move on to Sampdoria. Forza Roma.
on the 26th September, 2012 at 8:43am
I'm so disappointed, I always come to football-italia because of the good articles, unlike .. now this is just disappointing
on the 26th September, 2012 at 8:43am
Italy needs come down hard on these type of problems in the league. They probably should take a look at some of the unpopular but strict policies that the nfl's goodell has put into practice and really fight against calcio corruption and BS in general. Italy football also needs to learn some public policy to clean up its image.
on the 26th September, 2012 at 7:15am
Of course it's in the rules, and since it goes to Roma's advantage then any one would certainly agree with it, but if the rules were to give Juve any advantage then the whole nation cried for conspiracy, people just have to admit that the problems are with the rules and therefore it needs to be reviewed / changed, such as the last man red card, IMHO we can't have that a 'good competition' with these rules set in the first place. PS: to Roma fans, welcome to 'Serie A', you've been initiated.
on the 26th September, 2012 at 5:33am
Would such article exist if Cagliari's opponent would be Siena or Pescara?
Why did you even lose your time with writing such long article? You could easily write "I hate Roma" and it would be the same effect.
on the 26th September, 2012 at 5:09am
Pointless op/ed. You are an idiot. Roma fully deserve the 3-0 win, look at the rule book. It's irresponsible of Cagliari's President to ask the fans to attend after being told it was unsafe.

I mean HELLO. Hillsborough disaster anyone???? On the same weekend Liverpool and ManU played each other wearing jumpers with '96' on the back.

You are out of line Antonio, go put on your stripe kit.
on the 26th September, 2012 at 1:15am
A lot of butthurt Roma fans here. I agree with Labbate. While Cagliari deserved to be punished, there was no reason to reward Roma (and in the process punish teams like Fiorentina, Udinese, and Milan that are going to challenge Roma for a Europa League spot). A fairer decision would have been to replay the game, a -3 point deduction to Cagliari, and monetary compensation to Roma.
on the 26th September, 2012 at 12:48am
Is this a joke? Antonio should be docked 3 points and fined for this idiotic article. The rules disagree with you, logic disagrees with you, as does fair play. How can you say Roma should have to fly back on a wednesday to replay the game, making them less rested for the following Sunday? When do you propose they do so? The weekend before they play juve?
on the 26th September, 2012 at 12:30am
wow... just wow. what a crap article. Roma was in the wrong for spending the money to travel to the game and pay for the hotel rooms and preparing for the game. Yes lets blame Roma. I can't believe this article was even posted, I wish i could get the time back i wasted reading this piece of crap!
on the 26th September, 2012 at 12:30am

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