Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Catania-Ascoli date set

Catania-Ascoli will be played on Wednesday May 2, but the venue remains to be seen after more legal wrangling.

The Sicilians received a ban until the end of the season, forcing them to play on neutral ground and behind closed doors after the death of a police officer in rioting at the Stadio Angelo Massimino.

This month the TAR tribunal in Catania – which is outside the sporting justice system – ruled that this was an invalid suspension, but the Federation is fighting it.

The Catania lawyers wanted the game to be played on April 25 at Modena’s Stadio Braglia, but that has been cancelled.

This evening the Lega Calcio finally confirmed the Catania-Ascoli game will be played on May 2 with a 15.00 local time kick-off, 14.00 in the UK.

However, the venue remains a mystery, as it could be at the Stadio Braglia or elsewhere. It will be announced at a later date.

"Words cannot describe how bizarre all of this is," sighed Ascoli Coach Nedo Sonetti, who had originally expected to play the crucial relegation dogfight last Sunday afternoon.

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