Monday 19 March 2018

Ireland v Serbia will go ahead after referee is happy with pitch inspection despite torrential downpour

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Aidan Fitzmaurice

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.

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