Ireland's Euro 2020 playoff in Slovakia will be played behind closed doors, it was confirmed today.
The game, scheduled for Thursday March 26, had been in doubt due to restrictions imposed by the government in Slovakia in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis, and today it was agreed that the match would be played but with no fans present, a blow to the 2,200 Ireland supporters who had purchased tickets.
"The Republic of Ireland’s UEFA EURO 2020 Play-Off against Slovakia on March 26th will be played behind closed doors on the instruction of the Slovakian government," an FAI statement today said.
"The decision has just been relayed to the Football Association of Ireland by the Slovakian FA following a directive from their government. All fans who purchased tickets for the game in Bratislava will be refunded."
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Ireland's Euro 2020 playoff in Slovakia could be played behind closed doors, while the GAA currently have no plans to cancel or postpone any of their scheduled matches as the global spread of coronavirus COVID-19 continues to claim major global sporting events.