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Roma awarded win after Cagliari game postponed
Published : 24 Sep 2012 16:18:25
Roma were on Monday awarded a 3-0 victory over Cagliari by the Italian football authorities after their match at the Sardinian club on Sunday was controversially postponed hours before kick-off.
The match was set to be played in an empty stadium because Cagliari's Is Arena stadium is undergoing renovation work.
However, club president Massimo Cellino invited supporters to attend the match regardless, forcing the local authorities in Cagliari to call a halt to the league fixture over security fears.
Roma's general manager Franco Baldini hit out at the alleged manipulation of the situation by Cagliari and indicated that the club would be appealing to be awarded the match under article 17 of the Italian Football Federation's charter.
Judge Gianpaolo Tosel found in favour of Roma and awarded the club a 3-0 victory.
The win sees Roma, who host Sampdoria on Wednesday, move up to fifth place in the Serie A table.