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Wednesday 21 March 2018

North's World Cup qualifiers in doubt

Northern Ireland's World Cup double-header was plunged into uncertainty after last night's match against Russia was postponed due to snow at Windsor Park, Belfast.

The match, deemed unplayable after a series of pitch inspections by Norwegian referee Tom Hagen and FIFA delegates, has been given a revised start time of 3pm today. But with more wintry weather expected in the next 24 hours, a second cancellation seems highly likely.

Officials will reconvene today at 10.30am, with further pitch inspections due to take place. There are also problems looming over the Group F qualifier against Israel on Tuesday.

Even if a game takes place today, the effect on the pitch is likely to be such that a second match in four days will be a near impossibility.

Irish Independent

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