Bohemians are waiting for UEFA's verdict, they could play in Letná in the preliminary round

Bohemians are waiting for UEFA's verdict, they could play in Letná in the preliminary round

Bohemians are waiting for UEFA's verdict, the preliminary round could play on Letné

Prague football stadium in Ďolíček.

Prague – Bohemians 1905 footballers do not yet know if they can meet the conditions of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) in order to play the 2nd preliminary round of the European Conference League at their home stadium in Ďolíček. Therefore, the Vršovice club has already signed a contract with Sparta on the possible use of the stadium in Letná. The decision will be made in the coming days.

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“Our home stadium has a large number of limits and restrictions. On Friday, we expect a visit from FAČR, including the chairman Petr Fousko, to objectively assess whether it is even possible to play cups in Ďolíček,” club director Darek Jakubowicz told the Bohemians website.

In Ďolíček, the section of the opposite stand is now closed, and behind the gate in the “cauldron” there are standing places, which UEFA does not allow. “In such a case, we don't want to have the closure of the sector as an option. We are ready to return the seats to the boiler. But we have to evaluate the overall situation as well as the sports and economic side of the matter,” explained Jakubowicz.

Bohemians took fourth place in the league and European cups they will play for the first time since the 1987/88 season. The name of the opponent will be known at the draw on June 21. The opening duels of the second preliminary round of the EKL are scheduled for July 27, the return matches a week later on August 3. If the game was not played in Ďolíček, Letná would be the choice.

“We were looking for a stadium in Prague that would meet the parameters and would be close and with a larger capacity. Slavia did not even want to enter into negotiations with us, on the contrary “We have an agreement with Sparta,” confirmed Jakubowicz.

Slavia boss Jaroslav Tvrdík explained on Twitter why his club did not meet the Vršovice neighbor. “There are concerts in Eden, and the new grass needs a reasonable amount of time to take root. Playing on it during the second preliminary round would mean an unreasonable risk. Just remember last year. Otherwise, we would have accommodated Bohemians as well,” he said, referring to the autumn part when the condition was playing surfaces in Eden are often the target of criticism.