Sunday 24 February 2019

Anger for Irish fans as Gibraltar venue decision is delayed again

Irish fans are facing a logistical nightmare
Irish fans are facing a logistical nightmare

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Ireland fans have again been left awaiting a decision by UEFA on the venue for Mick McCarthy’s first game in charge.

The Gibraltar FA said last month that they planned to play the first game of the Euro 2020 qualifiers, at home to Ireland, in the 2,000-capacity Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar.

But UEFA raised concerns over the stadium’s ability to host the game in March, where up to 1,000 Ireland fans are expected to travel to see the first match of McCarthy’s second spell as manager.

If the Victoria Stadium is not approved by UEFA, the game would be moved to the 30,000-capacity Estadio Algarve in Faro.

A decision had been expected last week but UEFA granted the GFA more time to bring the stadium up to the required standard.

UEFA met Gibraltar officials again on Monday of this week but the deadline was again extended, to tomorrow, posing a logistical nightmare for supporters

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