Pitch problems force AEK to play away

ATHENS - Pitch problems have forced AEK Athens to move Thursday's second leg of their Europa League play-off tie against Dundee United from their Olympic Stadium to a smaller ground, the club said on Tuesday.

UEFA officials had ruled that the playing surface at the Olympic Stadium was unacceptable. Greece has experienced a long hot and dry spell and AEK have had problems with the watering system at their ground.

AEK, who lead 1-0 after the first leg, will now host the Scottish Cup winners at the Nea Smyrni Stadium used by Super League side Panionios, which holds 11,500 fans, a decision which sparked protests from Panionios fans.

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