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Football: Uefa Cup venue undecided.

THE venue for Newcastle's next game in the Uefa Cup remains uncertain, with SV Zulte-Waregem officials currently exploring the possibility of moving February's last-32 tie to Brugge, writes PAUL GILDER.

The Essevee's modest Regenboogstadion does not conform to Uefa safety regulations and, although the Belgian club have staged their 'home' fixtures in this season's competition in Ghent, they are currently considering all the alternatives.

The mayor of Ghent is under pressure to refuse permission for the match to be played at the Jules Otten Stadium having promised local residents that such highprofile games would no longer be allowed to be moved there.

An exception was made for Waregem's Uefa Cup encounter with Ajax last week. But Ghent councillors are reluctant to be as accommodating again.

SV president Willy Naessens is keen to play the first leg as close to Waregem as possible and Ghent remains his preferred choice. But with approval far from certain to be granted, Brugge has emerged as an attractive alternative.

The 30,000-capacity Jan Breydel Stadion - a Euro 2000 venue and the home of both Club Brugge and Cercle Brugge - is undergoing consideration to stage a game that will be played on February 14 or 15.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 20, 2006
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