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Cellino arrested in stadium inquiry

February 14, 2013
By Adam Digby, Italy Correspondent

Cagliari president Massimo Cellino was one of three men arrested on Thursday morning following an inquiry into the construction of the Stadio Is Arenas.

Cagliari's Is Arenas has been beset by problems
GettyImagesCagliari's Is Arenas has been beset by problems

Cellino, 66, was taken into custody along with Mauro Contini, who is the mayor of Quartu, where the stadium is located. Public works commissioner Stefano Lilliu was the third man to be taken in for questioning by police, according to the ANSA news agency.

A statement on Cagliari's official website read: "Employees, coaching staff and players are all close to the president in this difficult time. We are confident in the work of the judicial process and believe that the investigation will show the truth. At this time we would like to say: President, we are with you."

Cagliari moved to the Is Arenas ahead of the current season after failing to attain certain guarantees from the council over their previous home, the Stadio Sant'Elia. The move has been beset with problems, however, with the new ground failing to attain a safety certificate for a number of games.

The Sardinian club were forced to play Atalanta behind closed doors on the opening day of the season, while their game against Roma was postponed and then later awarded as a 3-0 win to the Giallorossi.

December's meeting with Juventus had to be held in Parma, while last weekend's meeting with Milan was initially switched to Turin before the club won an appeal.