Cagliari could make Trieste switch

Cagliari are ready to play the remaining home games of their Serie A season in Trieste after abandoning the Stadio Is Arenas.

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Cagliari are ready to play the remaining home games of their Serie A season in Trieste after abandoning the Stadio Is Arenas, director of sport Francesco Marroccu has confirmed.

The Sardinian club have announced their intention to leave their controversial stadium, which has been dogged by safety problems since opening at the start of the current season, with the Stadio Nereo Rocco their preferred destination despite Trieste lying over 600 miles north east of Cagliari.

The Rossoblu played four home games in Trieste, which is close to the border with Slovenia, at the end of the 2011-12 season after leaving their previous Stadio Sant'Elia base, and Marroccu expects history to repeat itself this year.

He told L'Unione Sarda: "We have written the last word in the history of Cagliari on Sardinia. We are forced to emigrate.

"Sardinia is losing Cagliari but I don't get the impression the authorities care all that much.

"I was expecting something else - I was expecting at least some sort of meeting to resolve the issue.

"We identified Trieste as the likely alternative venue earlier in the season and that's where we will probably play our remaining matches."

Cagliari have played their last three home games behind closed doors at the Is Arenas as a result of their failure to satisfy the demands of the Lega Serie A and local authorities.

Their struggle to host supporters at the new build first became apparent when September's game against Roma was abandoned after president Massimo Cellino defied Lega orders to restrict public entry, resulting in a 3-0 walkover victory being awarded to the capital club.

A home match against Juventus was then moved to Parma's Stadio Ennio Tardini before Cellino was arrested on charges of attempted embezzlement and fraudulent misrepresentation surrounding the unfinished stadium in February. He is currently under house arrest.

Marroccu added: "We have been backed into a corner, there's no more room to manoeuvre and the ball is now in our lawyer's court.

"I say this reluctantly, thinking of our fans and the people of Sardinia, and about how sad the players will be without their fans roaring them on.

"But one thing is for sure, this team will last long in the memory of the people who are involved with it. They won't sink us."

Inter Milan, Udinese, Parma and Lazio complete Cagliari's list of home fixtures for the current season.


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