Dundee United wait on Europa League venue

25 August 2010 01:30

UEFA will on Wednesday assess damage caused to the replacement stadium for Dundee United's Europa League second leg against AEK Athens after more doubt was cast on the venue.

With the recently-laid pitch unplayable at AEK's home ground, the Olympic Stadium, the Greek club on Tuesday secured a deal to play at Nea Smyrni Stadium, the home of Panionios. However, damage was caused to the pitch and goalposts in an apparent attempt to sabotage the contest.

"There was damage but nothing has changed so far," said an AEK spokeswoman

"It's not as bad as it looks, although I accept it looks bad in the photographs.

"Should something change there will be an announcement right away on our website in Greek and English."

AEK also played down fears that the 11,700-capacity stadium would not be able to accommodate the number of ticket-holders.

"We have already issued an announcement that the fans who have purchased tickets or season tickets will be allowed in," the spokeswoman added.

"The stadium is big enough for the tickets sold, ticket sales are not an issue.

"In Greece a lot of people buy season tickets to support the club but do not go to every game."

Source: PA