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Cagliari-Milan fixture moved to Turin

Cagliari's Serie A clash with AC Milan will be held in Turin on Sunday after their own stadium was once again deemed unsuitable to host a league match.

It is the third time this season that the Sardinian club's Stadio Is Arenas has failed to meet the necessary safety requirements, following fixtures with Juventus and Roma. The match against the Bianconeri was held in Parma, while a suitable location was not found to host the capital club.

On that occasion a 3-0 victory was handed to Roma by default, but keen to avoid a repeat of that punishment, Cagliari and the Lega Serie A have agreed that Torino's Stadio Olimpico will now host the meeting with the Rossoneri.

A statement released by league president Maurizio Beretta on Thursday read: "The Stadio Is Arenas is not fit to support the game in question on grounds of public safety relating to the structural situation of the stadium. Therefore the Cagliari-Milan match will take place on Sunday, February 10, 2013, at 15.00, at the Stadio Olimpico in Turin."

Cagliari have yet to acknowledge the alteration and the local press believe they may be prepared to forfeit another game as they did with the Roma encounter. After Radja Nainggolan and Davide Astori took to Twitter to lambast the decision, the city mayor issued a statement urging the club not to stir the emotion of fans.

"Despite many problems, I launch my appeal for all the institutions to find a solution that can ensure Cagliari-Milan is played at the Is Arenas, even with limited entry," wrote Mauro Contini. "I also request those who are responsible for communication not to irresponsibly foment the anger of the fans."

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