Leaders Sport Business Summit 2016 - Day One
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Aurelio De Laurentiis, Chairman of Napoli SSC attend the Leaders Sport Business Summit at Stamford Bridge on October 5, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Leaders)

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed that they have applied to UEFA to play their home Champions League games 160 miles away in Bari

The Light blues normally host all of their home games at the San Paolo stadium in Naples.

But, ahead of Napoli’s Champions League home fixture against Liverpool on October 3, De Laurentiis has sought the UEFA’s permission to change venue to Bari’s Stadio San Nicola, a venue which he also owns.

The location was used for the 1990 World Cup and is a three-hour drive from Napoli’s usual home ground.

“The stadium of Napoli is a nightmare,” De Laurentiis told Corriere dello Sport.

“Such a bad stadium limits the status of Napoli at an international level.

“It will take two years but I am going to build a new stadium so nobody can tell me anything. That’s how I am going to end controversies.

“If I have the money and the land to build a new stadium the project can begin.

“I’ve asked UEFA to play Champions League games at Bari’s San Nicola, I am open to paying the transportation for Napoli fans.”

Napoli will also host Paris Saint-Germain (November 6) and Red Star Belgrade (November 28) in the Champions League.