Sassari. Torres football prevents reporters to follow a match
Denied to a journalist and a photographer of La Nuova Sardegna the entrance to the stadium. Also excluded the envoy of SardegnaSport. Backed down after the mayor’s intervention
On September 18, 2016 at the “Vanni Sanna” stadium in Sassari, during the Serie D football game Torres-San Teodoro, the club Torres has prevented a reporter, Antonio Ledà, and a photographer, Ivan Nuvoli, both of La Nuova Sardegna, to enter in the press stands, to the field and to the press room. The club then backed down because the mayor of Sassari, Nicola Sanna, has assumed, in the absence of compliance, the withdrawal of the concession of the stadium to the sports club. The accreditations were returned.
The football club “SEF Torres Calcio 1903” had informed the offices of the newspaper, via email, of having suspended the accreditations issued earlier in the season. The reporter and photographer entered the stadium paying for the ticket, but during the game, first two stewards and then a DIGOS officer warned them to leave the stadium. The mayor Nicola Sanna wrote a letter to the president of the football club Torres, Daniel Piraino, stressing that journalists must have free access to their dedicated spaces inside the sports facility and remembering that the stadium in question is owned by the town.
During the same match also the chronicler of SardegnaSport.com, Fiorenzo Pala, was forced to leave the press room. The journalist wrote on Facebook what the club stated: “There is a problem with SardegnaSport.com, you cannot stay here.”
The Order of Journalists of Sardinia, the USSI (Italian Sports Press Union) and the Association of the Press of Sardinia have expressed a strong condemnation for what happened in Sassari.