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ALTHOUGH The New Saints have drawn Gibraltar champions FC Europa, they won't be travelling to the Rock when they play their second leg qualifying round tie in the Champions League next month.

UEFA has barred Gibraltar’s football teams from playing European fixtures at the Victoria Stadium, which is used by all the British territory's teams that qualify for Europe.

The pitch failed its UEFA assessment in March following an inspection by the governing body and the Spanish government’s Consejo Superior de Deportes (CSD) were approached to give the green light for Gibraltar teams to play across the border.

In April, the Gibraltar Football Association announced its purchase of the ground in order to redevelop it into a UEFA Category 4 stadium at a cost of £16.5 million from UEFA and FIFA.

But, in the meantime, it seems likely that TNS will be headed for Portugal to play their tie, possibly in Faro, with the home leg confirmed for Tuesday 27 June at Park Hall (7.00pm).