Controversial Napoli president wants Liverpool games moved

Date published: Tuesday 11th September 2018 11:01 - Matthew Stead

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has applied to move the club’s Champions League games to a different home venue.

The Serie A runners-up were drawn in the same Champions League group as Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Red Star Belgrade earlier this month – with De Laurentiis himself demanding an “explanation” from UEFA.

Napoli currently play at the Stadio San Paolo, but are mired in a dispute with the council over alleged unpaid rent, while De Laurentiis has insisted they should sell the ground to him.

The 69-year-old, who has been highly critical of a stadium he once branded a “toilet”, has suggested he could move the club’s Champions League home games to the Stadio San Nicola stadium, the home of Serie D side Bari, who he also owns.

“It’s a nightmare, a negative point, and it reduces our international standing to have such a stadium,” De Laurentiis told Corriere dello Sport.

“I say ‘enough’. I won’t create any more controversy and I’ll build my own stadium. It’ll take two years, no-one can say anything if you put in your own money and have the land to build a stadium.

“If these conditions are in place there could be a very fast acceleration.

“I’ve asked UEFA for authorisation to play Champions League matches at the San Nicola. I’ll spend from my own pocket for 1,000 coaches to allow Neapolitans to attend matches at the San Nicola.”


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