Larne has confirmed that they will play out their European ties at home this season at Solitude.
Premiership champions Danske Bank’s dream of hosting their Champions League qualifier at Inver Park was dashed when the synthetic surface failed an element of the field test required by the Fifa Pro Standard.
The club have confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Cliftonville to host the games at Solitude, as they were unable to secure a place in the Mid and East Antrim Borough.
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“As a club we did our best to ensure Champions League football could be played in the Central and East Antrim district for the first time, however we were unable to get the support of our council and its officials,” he said. General Manager Niall. Curneen.
“Firstly I would like to thank Cliftonville and David Begley for accommodating us and allowing us to use their facilities for our upcoming European campaign.
“The licensing process is always a stressful period each year, made significantly easier by the guidance provided by the Irish Football Association and their staff, whose continued support we are grateful. I would also like to thank our own club officials who have worked tirelessly to find a new venue for us to play our home games this summer.
“Our number one priority was to make sure we had a stadium as close to Larne as possible. Since Solitude is only a 30-minute drive from the city, we believe this will be very affordable for our fans who want to attend every game.
“As a club, we are committed to making additional travel arrangements for supporters to once again ensure that everyone who wants to attend our home games can do so. More details of these fixes will be announced once we have concrete details of the accessories to work with.
“In addition to accommodating the fans, Solitude offers the obvious benefit of staying on an artificial playing surface which we feel is likely to be an important element of our ‘home advantage’ against any potential opponents we face.
“We are now moving full steam ahead to what we hope will be another memorable summer playing the European stage, and we look forward to having you on that journey with us.”
The draw for the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round will take place in Nyon, Switzerland on Tuesday 20 June.
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