Serie A - Cagliari chief Cellino banned for four months

Cagliari president Massimo Cellino has been banned from football for four months by the Italian Football Federation for allowing the sale of tickets for a match that was supposed to be played behind closed doors.

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Massimo Cellino (Imago)

Cellino was banned for a further two months for violating regulations regarding the payment of players' agents.

The Serie A club were fined 10,000 euros over the ticket sales and 15,000 euros over the payments.

Cagliari had been ordered to play their September match against Roma without spectators after their Is Arenas stadium was ruled unsafe.

However, the club defied the ruling, inviting fans via their website to attend the match. Cagliari's municipal government called off the match and authorities awarded Roma a 3-0 walkover.

Cagliari moved to the small stadium, five kilometres outside the Sardinian capital, this season after abandoning the dilapidated Stadio Sant'Elia due to disagreements with the local authorities and safety worries.

Since the move, the club's woes have continued with rows between the club, local authorities and Serie A over the ground, which has only one permanent stand.

Cellino was arrested and charged with embezzlement and false representation over the rebuilding of the stadium along with the local mayor, and the club have been playing their "home" matches some 1,000 kilometres away in Trieste, on the Italian mainland.

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