Serbia: Vojvodina threatening to leave Europa League if stadium doesn't improve

source: Reuters.com / B92.net

Serbia: Vojvodina threatening to leave Europa League if stadium doesn't improve Under current regulations Serbia's third power would only be allowed to play their first qualifying game at home. Should there be no improvement, the club prefers to drop their European campaign rather than relocate.

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Stadion Karađorđe in Novi Sad has been regularly improved in recent years. Since 2004 it received new running track, floodlights, seats and even new stands. This, along with praised atmosphere, allowed the venue to hold two of Serbia's recent international games, including recent encounter against Scotland.

However the board of local club Vojvodina aren't satisfied just yet. The club, Serbia's third power in recent years, claims the infrastructure doesn't meet UEFA requirements. Most alarming are facilities of the main grandstand – changing rooms, delegate and anti-doping rooms.

"We will be able to play only one home game if we finish third in the league and none if we win the cup because our dilapidated stadium falls short of UEFA standards," Vojvodina president Ratko Butorovic told the B92 website.

Unless conditions improve, the club may even pull out of the Europa League. "We will not move to another city to play our European matches because that would be unfair to our fans and I honestly hope the city authorities will jump to our rescue because the city of Novi Sad owns the stadium, not the club," he said.

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