Liverpool expect to play at Atletico's ground

October 16, 2008
By Soccernet staff

Liverpool staff and fans alike await news on where their Champions League match with Atletico will be played.

The Spanish club have been imposed with a 300km ban after crowd trouble and racist abuse marred their clash with Olympique Marseille, causing an outcry on those who had already paid for flights and hotels.

An alternative venue has yet to be decided with Atletico saying on Wednesday that they were confident they could at least get the ban postponed until a later group game with PSV.

Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry hopes the game can still be played in Madrid.

Parry told the club's official website "Working closely with the FA, we've made strong representation at the highest level pointing out the effects a switch will have on our travelling fans.

"We've also raised serious concerns on the safety and security aspects of such a late change of venue. We will continue to work hard, but are hopeful UEFA will take on board these issues when deciding where the game will be played."

Atletico have reacted angrily to UEFA's verdict and will have the support of the Spanish government in their appeal.