Ireland v Serbia will go ahead after referee is happy with pitch inspection despite torrential downpour
Published 05/09/2016 | 16:32
Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai decided that tonight's World Cup qualifier between Serbia and Ireland in Belgrade will go ahead after the game was placed in doubt due to torrential rain.
A dry spell in the Serbian capital ended at lunchtime today when a heavy downpour started, and following hours of incessant rain, there was a possibility that the pitch may not be playable.
The stadium was inspected and cleared at a standard UEFA meeting at the venue, the Red Star Stadium, this morning, but that was before the rain started.
Kassai and his team of officials carried out a later inspection moments ago, and they deemed the pitch to be playable.
As tomorrow is an official international date, there was a possibility that the fixture could have been played in the afternoon had tonight's game been postponed.
A crowd of 25,000, including 800 Ireland fans, had been expected.