Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

No Napoli venue request for Champions League tie against Liverpool

No Napoli venue request for Champions League tie against Liverpool

Napoli's other Champions League home games are against Paris Saint-Germain on November 6 and Red Star Belgrade on November 28.

The row arose after Napoli's 60,000-seater stadium, which is owned by the local council, was given exemption to continue playing their home games in Naples for a number of years. The agreement was, however, broken as the stadium was not modified to suit the requirements.

Napoli manager Aurelio De Laurentiis says that there is an agreement in principle with Lorenzo Insigne that buying clubs must offer £180million to sign him. Such a stadium stops the club from being able to upgrade at an worldwide level.

'It's a shame. For this reason, I say enough: I don't want any more controversy, so I'll build my own stadium. "We can not go on like this anymore". "Nobody can tell you anything if you put in your money and you have the land that can be used to build on".

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"In the meantime, I've asked Uefa to authorise us to play Champions League matches at Bari".

His comments brought an angry reaction from Naples mayor Luigi Di Magistris who has been involved in a spat with De Laurentiis over the president's criticism of the stadium. Speaking to the Italian media, he said, "His suggestion is unthinkable and impractical".

It was reported that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis had asked to play Champions League fixtures in Bari, 160 miles from Naples, but UEFA have now confirmed to Sky Sports News that no such request has been received.

If that exemption doesn't come, Napoli could be forced to look for an alternative venue and, with Bari's 58,00-capacity San Nicola stadium the front-runner, travelling Liverpool supporters may be forced to amend their travel plans.

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