Thursday, 19 April 2007

Court cancels Catania ban

Catania’s TAR civil court has decided to reopen the Stadio Angelo Massimino to the local club’s supporters, cancelling the previous ban handed out by the FIGC.

The Sicilian outfit was sentenced to play the rest of their home matches this term behind closed doors at a neutral venue.

The Disciplinary Commission came to the decision to ban the stadium from use until June 30 as a consequence of the tragic riots following the derby with Palermo on February 2.

The civil court had already partially overturned the ban on a case brought by 82 fans, stating that supporters should be let into the matches to be played on neutral turf for the rest of the season.

Lazio TAR however, the only one with jurisdiction over sporting matters, then confirmed the initial Federal decision, revoking the civil verdict.

Catania’s TAR has now taken another shocking decision, erasing the ban on the stadium and ordering a refund for the 82 season ticket holders, who were not allowed to see their team’s matches.

"The principle of objective responsibility violates the constitutional right to the personal status of the punishment handed out," read the TAR statement. "This principle, especially when applied rigidly, is contrary to the current legal system," continued the note.

A reaction from the Federation is now expected after their furious reaction to the previous civil verdict, when the FIGC decided to lodge an appeal in an attempt to reaffirm the autonomy of the sporting world.

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