U2 force Juventus to move Europa League tie

Band's gig clashes with match

Pic: Drew Farrell
U2 have forced Italian football club Juventus to move their Europa League clash with Dublin side Shamrock Rovers.

The band are already booked to play at the Italian's giants' Stadio Olimpico in Turin on August 6, the same night as the team's return leg of their third round tie.

As a result the match will now be played at the home ground of Modena, which is 200 miles away from the original venue.

U2 have booked the venue for the next two weeks to rehearse for the return of their '360' tour after Bono's back injury forced the band to postpone their dates and Glastonbury headline slot.

"Apparently U2 have the stadium booked as part of their European tour so the venue is being moved to Modena," Shamrock Rovers chairman Jonathan Roche told the Irish Times.

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