Thursday, 12 April 2007

Catania lose stadium row

Catania will play the rest of their home matches behind closed doors after the Lazio TAR overturned a previous civil court decision.

The Sicilian side had seen their Stadio Angelo Massimino banned until June 30 and were sentenced to play the rest of their home matches behind closed doors at a neutral venue.

The decision came as a consequence of the riots that led to the death of chief inspector Filippo Raciti following the derby against Palermo in February.

A Catania civil court appeal earlier this month had allowed fans entry into their neutral home games for the rest of the season, causing the Federation’s angry reaction.

Under the new laws the civil courts should not have jurisdiction over sporting matters, unless it is the Lazio TAR in Rome.

The latter was called to discuss the FIGC’s appeal on and has decided to revoke the Sicilian TAR’s verdict, confirming the ban handed out by the Federation’s disciplinary commission.

"The Stadio Massimino ban was adequate for the seriousness of the incidents occurred in Catania that evening," announced an FIGC lawyer.

"It is bewildering that a TAR, which has no authority, ignored that fact, preferring to listen to a group of season-ticket holders whom the verdict was meant to protect," he said.

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