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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fair Play is Alive and Well in Cagliari, Sardinia

On Sunday, Cagliari was defeated 0 x 4 by Udinese, but something rare happened.

When the joint men-of-the match, Alexis Sanchez and Antonio Di Natale were subbed out, they received standing ovations from the home fans. Even more rare was the response by the Cagliari President, Massimo Cellino.

Free Tickets to Next Match v. Brescia

Nonostante la pesante sconfitta subita in casa con l'Udinese, ieri il pubblico del Sant'Elia non ha mai smesso di incitare la propria squadra, e alla fine ha pure riservato una meritata standing ovation a Sanchez e Di Natale (al momento delle rispettive sostituzioni) e applausi ai vincitori. Per questo motivo il presidente del Cagliari Massimo Cellino, nel ringraziare «il pubblico per la maturità sportiva dimostrata» ha deciso di regalare ai tifosi presenti ieri il biglietto per la prossima gara interna con il Brescia. «Un esempio di civiltà - si legge nel sito internet della società - una manifestazione di attaccamento ai colori rossoblù con grande spirito di appartenenza, che riafferma i valori perseguiti negli anni dalla società».

Despite the heavy defeat at home by Udinese, the public yesterday (Monday) at Sant'Elia stadium never stopped cheering on their own team. And at the end even reserved a standing ovation for Sanchez and Di Natale (when they were subbed out) and applauded the victors.

For this reason, the President of Cagliari, Massimo Cellino, in a way of thanking them, "For the maturity that the fans displayed," decided to give the fans who were present yesterday a free ticket for the next home match against Brescia.

"An example of civility" was read on Cagliari's website, "A manifestation of attachment to the team's colors with a great spirit of belonging that reaffirms their value for following the team for years."
Source: Corriere dello Sport, 14 March 2011.

Fair Play in its Truest Form

Many critics say that Italian football is on the decline. But this rare show of Fair Play should be honored. It did not happen in England, Germany or Spain.

Bravo, Signor Cellino and the fans of Cagliari.

Steve Amoia is a freelance writer, editor and translator from Washington, D.C. He is the founder of World Football Commentaries. He has written for AC Cugini Scuola Calcio (Italian soccer school), Football Media, Italian Soccer Serie A, Keeper Skool and Soccerlens.

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