Any request by Scottish Premiership Celtic to play one of its home Champions League fixtures in either England or Ireland next season "will be denied" by UEFA, according to Richard Conway of the BBC. If Celtic wins the Scottish league title this season it "will be required to play a two-legged Champions League qualifying match next summer." But with Celtic Park, along with Ibrox and Hampden, all in use as Commonwealth Games venues, "a new location for the game would need to be found." Celtic CEO Peter Lawwell "had asked UEFA to look at options for the tie, including stadiums outside Scotland." He said, "We are currently in discussion with UEFA in terms of what options we have." UEFA, under its current rules, "would deny any request to play the game outside Scotland, citing rule 12.7 of Champions League regulations" (BBC, 10/31).
Events and Attractions
The Scottish FA "has defended its decision to name Celtic Park and Ibrox as the venues for the latter stages of the William Hill Scottish Cup by insisting that clubs wanted to know the stadia in advance." The SFA said, "It is important for fixture planning schedules to announce the venues as early as possible. Ave s/f [average semifinal] attendances are 25k+ so only two football stadia can accommodate those numbers" (SCOTSMAN, 10/31). ... F1 drivers "have been warned that track limits will be more rigorously enforced at this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix." Amid a recent focus on drivers running off track to potentially gain a benefit, the FIA "has made it clear that it will not tolerate drivers running wide at any of the chicanes at the Yas Marina circuit to get an advantage" (AUTOSPORT, 10/31). ... The fate of the first internationally sanctioned motor race in Hong Kong will hinge on a 10m stretch of tarmac on Lung Wo Road, Central -- the "focus of intense discussions" between Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag and government officials as they "tried to hammer out a deal" for the Formula E electric racing series to be held in Nov. '14 (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 10/31).