The Week 22 Serie A match between Catania and Palermo has been brought forward to Friday 2 February.
The Sicilian derby was set to be played on February 4, but Catania’s police commissioner Michele Capomacchia asked for it to be moved because the game clashed with the city’s celebration of patron saint Sant’Agata.
The festival usually sees over 100,000 people gather in the streets and the derby at the Stadio Massimino is considered a high-risk event by police.
The city’s mayor had also highlighted that it would have been inconceivable to host both events on the same day.
“It is impossible to allow the match and the festival to take place simultaneously,” noted Umberto Scapagnini. “It could be dangerous for police and the general public.”
The Lega Calcio have therefore decided, along with the local authorities, to move the clash to February 2 at 15.00 local time.
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