Hearts tie set to be moved to Estonia’s national stadium

Hearts are set to play Infonet at the Le Coq Arena in Tallinn
Hearts are set to play Infonet at the Le Coq Arena in Tallinn
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Hearts’ Europa League first qualifying round second leg tie with FC Infonet is set to be staged at Estonia’s national stadium.

The home ground of the Estonian title-chasers, Lasnamae KJH Stadium, has a capacity of less than 1000, so the steadily-improving Tallinn club intend to move their first-ever European tie to the nearby 10,000-capacity Le Coq Arena.

This will ensure the few hundred Hearts fans who are expected to make the trip to the Estonian capital can be easily accommodated.

“We won’t play on our home ground because it’s too small,” Infonet technical director Dmitri Skiperski told the Evening News. “We will play at the Estonian national stadium as that is much bigger. It’s a nice place for the Hearts fans to visit.”

The second leg of the tie between the sides is scheduled to be held in Tallinn on Thursday, July 7, with the first leg at Tynecastle a week earlier. Although Hearts were initially drawn to play away first, a clash of fixtures in Tallinn forced UEFA to switch the games.