7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Clermont have already done the double over the reigning champions, Leinster, in this season's Pool stages and are viewed by many as favourites to win this season's Heineken Cup.
The French side recorded an emphatic 46-3 bonus point victory over Exeter Chiefs on their home patch at the Stade Marcel Michelin in their last outing and will be odds on favourites to do the same to the Scarlets.
Clermont are one of only three sides, along with English champions Harlequins and Top 14 league leaders Toulon, who remain unbeaten in the Pool stages with one game still to play and have had Morgan Parra in prime form.
The Scarlets European campaign never really got started and was really derailed after their morale-sapping 49-16 defeat out in Clermont at the start of the Pool back in October.
The Welsh side, who were Heineken Cup semi-finalists in 2007, have failed to win a game in this Pool and were on the end of another defeat when they were beaten 33-14 by Leinster in Dublin in the last round.
|19/1/13||Scarlets||0 - 29||ASM Clermont Auvergne||7,167|
|13/10/12||ASM Clermont Auvergne||49 - 16||Scarlets||17,520|
|19/1/08||Llanelli Scarlets||0 - 41||ASM Clermont Auvergne||6,491|