It’s crisis time for Cagliari, as Brescia council refused to rent their stadium, so the club has two days to find a ‘home’ venue.
This season the Lega Serie A introduced a new rule forcing clubs to have a home stadium where they are guaranteed to play their games before they can register for the Division.
It was brought in precisely because of Cagliari’s problems, as in 2012-13 the Is Arenas repeatedly failed security checks, so some games were played behind closed doors, others were moved to Parma’s Stadio Tardini or the Stadio Nereo Rocco in Trieste.
Cagliari had hoped to register with Brescia’s Stadio Rigamonti this season, but today the local council shot down the plan.
“After much reflection and having heard the opinions of those responsible for the services that are necessary around Serie A games, I reached the decision that we do not have the right conditions to authorise this request,” wrote Mayor of Brescia Emilio Del Bono.
Cagliari President Massimo Cellino now has just two days to find a suitable replacement or risk their registration for the Serie A season.
His best chance will be to lodge another emergency appeal with the Quartu Sant’Elena council to allow the Is Arenas works to go ahead.
Using the Stadio Rocco in Trieste again will be extremely tricky, as Udinese are adopting that as their home venue while the Stadio Friuli is restructured.
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