Cagliari President Massimo Cellino has suspended himself from his role in charge of the Sardinian club after his actions caused a home Serie A match against Roma to be called off.

Roma was awarded a 3-0 victory on Tuesday after Sunday's game was postponed for safety reasons because the Sardinian club defied orders to play it in an empty stadium.

Cagliari said Wednesday that Cellino has stood down in order ''to defend himself freely in any appropriate place.'' The club adds he will immediately return from the United States.

Cagliari and Cellino could face further sanctions as the case has been referred to the Italian Football Federation.

Cellino had urged fans to ignore the authorities, calling on the club website for fans to attend peacefully, regardless of the ruling.