The Republic of Ireland Euro 2020 Qualifier with Slovakia will take place on Tuesday 26th March behind closed doors.
The FAI released a statement shortly after 12 noon which said:
“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.”
“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.”
“For supporters with queries regarding refunds, please contact email@example.com”
The decision was beginning to look inevitable with schools and libraries closed in Bratislava and the net tightening around all public gatherings with sport to the fore.
The next two rounds of La Liga in Spain will all be played in front of empty stadia while in Austria this morning it was announced that all public gatherings of greater than 500 outdoors and 100 indoors were to be banned.
Sport for Business will make an announcement about next week’s Football Breakfast with Niall Quinn and others tomorrow morning.