Udinese are “confident” their UEFA licence will be granted on appeal and are experimenting a new reduced police presence at the stadium this weekend.
On Friday UEFA released licences to 13 Serie A clubs to compete in Europe next season - Atalanta, Fiorentina, Genoa, Inter, Juventus, Lazio, Milan, Napoli, Palermo, Parma, Roma, Sampdoria and Torino.
Notable for their absence are Udinese, who have already qualified for the UEFA Cup in 2008-09.
“We are confident the problem will be resolved in five days,” assured director general Pietro Leonardi.
“It all arose from an interpretation of a bureaucratic issue, but there are five days to mount an appeal and we are ready.
“We have faith everything will be resolved quickly. Our books are in order and we already have an appeal drawn up that will be on UEFA’s desk on Monday.”
Meanwhile, this weekend the Stadio Friuli will be at the centre of a new experiment to reduce the police presence in arenas.
The game with Cagliari on Sunday afternoon has no history of trouble, so instead of the usual 80-100 officers assigned to security detail, there will be only 10.
It is the first step in handing over security duties entirely to the club stewards.
The Stadio Friuli has often been seen as the experimental venue of Serie A, as here too three years ago they tested out playing without fences separating the fans from the pitch in the last round of the campaign against Milan.
Goalline technology was also experimented here last season.