Cagliari-Roma match postponed for safety reasons


CAGLIARI, Sardinia (AP) - Cagliari's home match against Roma has been postponed after the Sardinian club defied orders to play the Serie A fixture behind closed doors.

Cagliari's new Is Arenas has yet to pass security tests, and local authorities ruled this week that Sunday's match would take place without fans present.

But club President Massimo Cellino urged supporters to ignore the authorities, posting a statement on its website calling for them to attend peacefully, regardless of the ruling.

His actions led to the Cagliari municipal government ordering the game to be postponed Sunday, after a late-night meeting.

Roma says it will lodge a complaint with the relevant sporting authorities.

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