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Cagliari to appeal walkover loss

Cagliari are set to appeal against the 3-0 walkover victory handed to Roma after Sunday's Serie A game was canceled in controversial circumstances.

On Saturday, club president Massimo Cellino defied local authority orders to exclude fans from the Is Arenas due to ongoing safety concerns, instead instructing season-ticket holders to flock to the new Quartu Sant'Elena stadium.

As a result, the Cagliari Prefecture and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) called the match off and awarded Roma an automatic 3-0 win with FIGC president Giancarlo Abete branding Cellino's behavior "unacceptable."

The Sardinian club's lawyer, Mattia Grassani, however, sought to convey Cellino's determination to reverse the league's decision.

"I've spoken at length with the president and he's fiercely determined to defend himself and explain what happened," he told Corriere dello Sport.

"The president also told me that, so he could best offer an explanation and clarify (the situation), he will come to Italy as soon as possible."

While the club's hierarchy deal with the fallout from Sunday's unprecedented events, Massimo Ficcadenti and his players turn their attentions to facing AC Milan at the San Siro tomorrow night.

On Tuesday, Rossoblu director general Francesco Marroccu pledged his support to the Miami-based president, who also served on the council of the now-defunct Lega Calcio.

"We want to send a message of solidarity to president Cellino and urge him to continue his battle," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"We want to make clear that the directors would never let ourselves be represented by someone who does not respect the rules," he said.

The league was able to impose such a punishment on Cagliari by referring to Article 17 of the Federcalcio rule book.

It reads: "Clubs are responsible for the fact that any acts interrupting the smooth running of a game can be punished with the loss of that match with a scoreline of 0-3 awarded."

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