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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
In addition to coveted European silverware the winner will also collect their passport into next season's Heineken Cup.
Neither team has qualified for the 17th Heineken Cup through their domestic tournaments - Harlequins finished agonisingly short in seventh place in the Aviva Premiership and Paris in 11th place in the Top 14 - but Friday night's winner will automatically book their place in European club rugby's elite tournament next season as the 23rd qualifier.
And they have both seen off 2010 / 2011 Heineken Cup opposition in the knock-out stages to reach the prestigious final.
Munster and London Wasps, both former double Heineken Cup champions, and reigning French champions ASM Clermont Auvergne were the three Heineken Cup Pool runners-up to join the Amlin Challenge Cup Pool winners in the knock-out phases.
Harlequins beat London Wasps 32-22 in the quarter-finals and then inflicted a rare Thomond Park defeat on Munster by becoming only the second club to win a European tie at the ground with a 20-12 semi-final triumph.
Stade Français Paris accounted for Clermont 29-25 in the last four to set up a fascinating final between two of the original 2010 / 2011 Amlin Challenge Cup starters.