Date: 13th December 2006 at 12:16am
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Pittodrie declared not fit for Scotland Internationals. Could this be the final straw in seeing Aberdeen move away from their legendary home as the snub adds to the momentum of calls for a community stadium to be built.

Aberdeen director Duncan Fraser has told how he even offered to waive the 20% commission on ticket sales in his quest to secure international football in the north east but even this was not enough to tempt the SFA into using Pittodrie as one of the venues they would consider hosting Euro 2008 qualifiers.

He told the Press and Journal ‘When Hampden was unavailable for the Euro 2008 qualifier against the Faroe Isles; clubs were invited to bid for the right to stage the game.

‘At Aberdeen, we put together a radical proposal. The normal rate for the host club would be 20% of ticket income, but we offered to do it for nothing.

‘The decision came back that the capacity of 20,000 and facilities available meant that putting on an international qualifier was not possible at Pittodrie.’

Having lost out will surely add weight to the campaign to have a new community stadium built that could cater for the ticket demand of internationals and provide the facilities necessary and for not only football.

Duncan Fraser wants to have everyone with concerns in the Aberdeen area and Scottish sport as a whole to be involved and this will include rugby governing body the SRU who the Dons could entice be helping support their World Cup bid.

Duncan Fraser continued ‘If we have something in the region of a 25,000 to 30,000-capacity modern ground then we will be looking for a commitment from both the Scottish Rugby Union and the SFA.

‘We know the SRU are keen to look at Aberdeen as part of a future World Cup bid.’

Willie Miller, Duncan Fraser was one of three directors reappointed to the board of directors last night at the club’s AGM. Willie Miller and Ken Mathieson kept their positions as the Dons have seen significant progress recently. The main subject of the meeting was the proposed stadium move and the progress being made. Stewart Milne said that there was nothing new to report but insisted the proposals were still gaining momentum, he said ‘There is work being done in the background and it’s a very sensitive area. Until the locations are narrowed down, there won’t be a public statement on those.

‘The working group led by Aberdeen City Council will be put in place early next year and identifying locations will be one of the first tasks for it to pick up.’