Cagliari president Massimo Cellino has defended his actions after their clash with AS Roma was called off yesterday.

The Is Arenas failed security checks, so the authorities ruled the game had to be played behind closed doors. But Cellino publicly urged season ticket holders to turn up anyway, which led to the game being abandoned.

"I invited the fans to come to the stadium to avoid chaos," insisted Cellino to news agency ANSA.

"I wanted to avoid a situation where only the ultras turned up and created the idea season ticket holders could also get in."