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Tuesday 15 October 2019

Ireland avoid relegation in UEFA Nations League after competition revamp

Scott Hogan in action for Ireland. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Scott Hogan in action for Ireland. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Ireland have been spared from relegation in the Nations League after UEFA agreed to a revamp of the competition for next year.

A dismal performance under Martin O'Neill last year in the inaugural Nations League could have seen the Republic demoted to League C.

But UEFA have opted to expand Leagues A, B and C for the next time around so Ireland have effectively stayed up.

The Republic now stay in League B along with Russia, Austria, Wales, Czech Republic, Scotland, Norway, Serbia, Finland, Slovakia, Turkey, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Israel, Hungary and Romania .

Instead of the three-team group used last time around, a draw in March for the next Nations League will see four groups of four teams, with the winners of each group promoted to League A and the bottom side demoted to League C.

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