Wednesday, 4 April 2007

Catania win back fans

Catania have won a civil court appeal to allow fans entry into their neutral home games for the rest of the season.

The Sicilian club were sentenced to play the rest of their home matches this term at a neutral closed-door venue after seeing their Stadio Angelo Massimino banned until June 30.

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

However, it has today been confirmed that the islanders will no longer have to suffer in silence from this month onwards.

"Catania supporters will be allowed to access all stadiums in Italy which will host their club’s home matches starting from April 7," read an official TAR civil court statement.

"Nevertheless, Catania will have to comply to the old and new rules introduced to guarantee public order."

Catania lawyers Vincenzo Vitale and Danila Grasso, who lodged the appeal, had argued that season ticket holders were being penalised and also asked the Italian Football Federation to refund the club for lost revenue.

The FIGC disciplinary commission had previously rejected Catania’s appeal against the suspension imposed on the Massimino.

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