Tuesday, 8 May 2007

Catania win back fans

Catania fans have been permitted entry back into the neutral stadiums which will host the rest of their home matches this season.

The Sicilian outfit were told that they would have to play home games away from their Stadio Massimino and behind closed doors for the rest of the campaign after the Catania riots in February.

That decision sparked legal action by fans who actually won a civil case to see the club return to their home ground.

However, the outfit decided to accept their punishment and have reached an agreement with the Italian Football Federation to play their last two ‘home’ matches with Milan and Chievo in front of supporters.

The decision was ratified by the Italian Olympic Committee on Tuesday and is effective immediately, provided that the National Observatory does not decide otherwise.

Catania, who have also agreed to give £21,000 to the family of the policeman killed in the Catania riots, will host Milan on Sunday at the Stadio Dell’Ara in Bologna.

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