Cagliari head home next month

Cagliari have reached an agreement to end their exile from Sardinia and return to their former Stadio Sant'Elia base next month.

Last Updated: 24/08/13 at 11:47 Post Comment

Cagliari are set to return to the Stadio Sant'Elia next month

Cagliari are set to return to the Stadio Sant'Elia next month

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Cagliari have reached an agreement to end their exile from Sardinia and return to their former Stadio Sant'Elia base from next month's home game against Sampdoria.

A consistent failure to satisfy local authorities over safety standards at the newly-built Stadio Is Arenas forced Cagliari to play the remaining 'home' games of the 2012-13 season more than 1,000 kilometres away in Trieste.

The north-east border town's Stadio Nereo Rocco will Sunday night's meeting with Atalanta but Cagliari have now been given a date of September 22 to return to the Sant'Elia - the club's home between 1970 and 2012.

A statement published on cagliaricalcio.net read: "Cagliari Calcio and the municipality of Cagliari express their satisfaction at signing an agreement at the City Hall in Via Roma.

"This is the beginning of a new journey - thanks to the commitment of all stakeholders - that finally allows the team to return home."

On the pitch Cagliari were able to secure a 11th-placed finish last season but the dispute over the Is Arenas, which consisted of several hastily-erected stands around a pitch in Quartu Sant'Elena, frequently threatened to derail the campaign and financial future of the club.

Roma were awarded a walkover 3-0 victory when Cagliari president Massimo Cellino urged fans to attend a designated behind-closed-doors game against the capital club last September.

In March the Florida-based businessman was incarcerated on charges of fraud and embezzlement in connection with the construction of Is Arenas. He denies the allegations, but remained under house arrest until May.


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