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SBD Global/May 2, 2013/Facilities

Italian Football Federation Passes Rule Banning Clubs From Entering Serie A Without Stadium

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) "has passed a new rule banning clubs from entering Serie A" if they do not have a stadium, a response to the Cagliari Is Arenas saga, according to FOOTBALL ITALIA. FIGC President Giancarlo Abete said, "Registration will be possible only if the stadium used by each club is clear and defined, therefore avoiding the complicated situations that affected us this season." This season, Cagliari started out with the new Is Arenas, "which was built over the summer and repeatedly failed security checks." Despite restructuring work, "the stadium was still not considered suitable for a Serie A match" and now the Sardinians are playing their home games at the Stadio Nereo Rocco in Trieste (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 4/30).
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