Europa League: Slovan Bratislava chief Jan Kozak feels sorry for Wolves fans

By Joe Edwards | Wolves | Published:

Slovan Bratislava boss Jan Kozak has expressed his sympathy for Wolves fans – with only 200 allowed into Tehelne pole for tomorrow's game.

Tehelne pole, which will be full tomorrow night

A Uefa sanction against Slovan for racism from supporters stated the game must be played behind-closed-doors, writes Joe Edwards in Slovakia.

However, Uefa guidelines allow children under 14 to go for free (with a guardian for every 10), so a full house is expected for the Europa League clash.

Wolves, though, have only been able to sell 200 tickets – at £55 each, with the price set by Slovan – and ex-Albion midfielder Kozak said: "I don't want to discuss the decision of Uefa, but maybe (more) fans of Wolverhampton could be allowed to enter too."

Kozak, who had a brief loan spell with the Baggies, has overseen a win and a draw from Slovan's first two Group K games.

They beat Besiktas 4-2 at home – which was played in front of 6,000 kids, with the club losing £1.7million from that and the Wolves game – and drew 2-2 at Braga.

Kozak is out to prove to Nuno Espirito Santo those results were no fluke.

"We want to show the first two results were no coincidence," he said.


"We want to prove we are a good team, and that we deserved this.

"But we are staying grounded. We're not thinking we are close to qualifying for the next round. We are working hard and going game by game.

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"Every point is fantastic and we will fight for every result. Every point is good in this group."


Slovan are also currently at the top of the Slovak Super Liga table.

On what he expects from Wolves, Kozak added: "I think Wolves are maybe the strongest opponent in this group."

"They play with three tall defenders, maybe that's a bit typical British style.

"But, in attack, they have good, technical players playing many combinations, so they're not a typical British team.

"All of the players in Wolverhampton have good quality."

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Wolves fan turned Wolves correspondent for the Express & Star.


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