DUNDEE UNITED IN STADIA SWITCH

Dundee United Football Club's Europa League clash with AEK Athens has been moved to a venue with a capacity of only 11,700.

The Terrors switched stadiums after concerns over the 80,000-capacity Olympic Stadium’s pitch.

The match will now go ahead tomorrow night at the Nea Smyrni in Athens, which is home to Greek Super League side Panionios and meets UEFA standards.

AEK Athens currently lead the fixture 1-0 after victory in the first leg, but faced the possibility of being thrown out of the tournament if they didn't find an alternative stadium in time.

A club spokesman said: "We have been contacted by AEK Athens to advise that Thursday night's Europa tie will be switched to an alternative venue in Athens, due to an unplayable pitch in the Olympic Stadium."

Dundee United expect to take 600 fans to Greece and chairman Stephen Thomson was furious at the debacle over the hosting of the second leg, with the winners going into the group stages.

Sources said AEK originally tried to switch the game to another city more than 200 miles away but UEFA told them it had to be played in Athens.

Posted on 24/08/2010