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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
"It will be no consolation to anybody in the Saints camp that it was one of the great Heineken Cup finals, probably the greatest," he told the Northampton Chronicle.
"I spoke to a number of the press guys after the game and they all agreed it had been an unbelievable game, one which had been a privilege to witness.
"The atmosphere for those lucky enough to be at the Millennium Stadium was incredible, ERC and the team at the Stadium should be congratulated for putting on an amazing show, they could do worse than make Cardiff the permanent home of the final as with the roof on it was reminiscent of the Colosseum in Rome and the gladiators on the pitch certainly delivered."