Thursday 8 December 2016

Belgium-Wales match to go ahead as scheduled despite Welsh fans being stranded at Eurotunnel

Samuel Stevens

Published 01/07/2016 | 17:15

Wales fans in the centre of Lille before the UEFA Euro 2016, quarter final match at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille. Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Wales fans in the centre of Lille before the UEFA Euro 2016, quarter final match at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille. Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Uefa have confirmed tonight’s European Championship quarter-final between Wales and Belgium will kick-off as scheduled at 8pm GMT despite some Welsh supporters being stranded at Folkestone.

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Severe delays on the Eurotunnel shuttle services around midday now means some fans, including singer Cerys Matthews, are almost certain to miss kick-off in Lille, northern France.

A statement from Uefa, the European football governing body, said: “It appears that the vast majority of fans with tickets will arrive on time at the stadium in Lille.”

Reports in Wales now suggest Eurotunnel chiefs may arrange for a big screen to be hastily installed at the terminals to facilitate for the supporters who may not be able to travel to the match.

Speaking via the Welsh FA’s official Facebook page, manager Chris Coleman said: “The team and I are aware of the issues fans are experiencing at the Eurotunnel. We understand that the authorities are doing what they can to get fans to France.

“We know a lot of people have gone the extra mile to come over and your efforts at this frustrating time is very much appreciated. We know that we have your full support for tonight's game.”

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