Tuesday September 11 2018
ADL: ‘Napoli could play in Bari’

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis “asked UEFA for authorisation” to move the club’s Champions League matches to Bari.

The Partenopei are in open dispute with the council over the Stadio San Paolo, with the city claiming there is unpaid rent and the owner insisting they should sell him the ground.

The film magnate also owns Bari, and is considering moving big matches to the Stadio San Nicola, rather than stay at the San Paolo.

“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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