Wednesday 16 January 2019

Bad news for travelling Irish fans as Gibraltar reveal plans to play Mick McCarthy's first game on home soil

24 March 2017; Republic of Ireland fans ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
24 March 2017; Republic of Ireland fans ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

GIBRALTAR have informed the FAI that they plan to host their opening Euro 2020 qualifier with Ireland on home soil.

And that will mean that the Irish travelling support at the 2,300 capacity Victoria Stadium is likely to be restricted to just 300.

Irish demand for the March 23 encounter is sure to be much higher given it's the first match of Mick McCarthy's second stint in charge.

The FAI are currently working through the logistics of the match venue with their counterparts in Gibraltar.

Three years ago, Ireland played the international newcomers in Portugal as they had no suitable venue.

Victoria Stadium still falls short of UEFA requirements, but they did get dispensation to play their UEFA Nations League matches there.

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