Sometimes taking a chance pays off, sometimes it doesn’t. For Serie A side Cagliari, in particular, it most definitely did not, and after this weekend’s 2-0 home loss to Lazio, president Massimo Cellino was forced to pay back the money of more than 12,000 home fans who witnessed another poor result by the club.

In response to Cagliari’s poor form as of late, which included three defeats in their last four games, Cellino was confident enough to promise before the game that should the team lose against relegation-threatened Lazio, he would refund the fans’ tickets. He could not have predicted, however, that Cagliari would find themselves 1-0 down at the fourth minute mark, and would go on to embarrass themselves again and lose the game 2-0.

The promise was made on the club’s official website, although the president told the fans they should be expecting a good performance and a result rather than a refund, and I’m sure most
Cagliari fans would have been happy with such a scenario. There are many cases in which getting money back for something is a cause of joy; this, however, is not one of them.

While the result has made Cagliari coach Massimiliano Allegri concede that his mid-table side are in “psychological decline”, the win is a massive boost for Lazio, which finally gives them a bit of breathing space at the bottom. They are now 4 points off the 18th place, and will hope they can soon put their nightmare season to rest and get out of the mire.


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