Friday 20 April 2018

Thousands could miss Ireland-Belgium kick-off as Bordeaux tram system halts

A packed tram in Bordeaux
A packed tram in Bordeaux
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

Trams in the city centre of Bordeaux stopped briefly with less than an hour to go to Ireland's Euros 2016 clash with Belgium.

Thousands of Irish and Belgian fans disembarked the city's trams as the service halted shortly after 1pm.

The crowds were making their way towards the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux when the service stopped.

Football fans had been warned to leave enough time to get to the stadium as the tram service would not be able to carry massive crowds at any one time.

Initial reports of a possible security threat were dismissed by French police, the Irish embassy and Gardai in the French city.

However, it is possible that thousands of fans could now miss the kick-off

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