Ireland's Euro 2020 play-off with Slovakia to take place behind closed doors amid Coronavirus fears

Tue, Mar 10 2020

The Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Slovakia will be played behind closed doors in Bratislava as a precaution against the spread of Coronavirus.

The Slovakian FA suspended all football matches for two weeks on Monday and, less than 24 hours later, confirmed the crucial play-off will be closed to spectators.

A Slovakian government decision to play the game, which is set to take place on Thursday, March 26th, behind closed doors was relayed to the Slovakian FA and then to the FAI.

The winner of the tie is set to face the winner of Northern Ireland’s tie with Bosnia and Herzegovina, which as of now is set to go ahead of the schedule, with the winner of that game hosting the final.

It’s the first football match involving an Irish team to be affected by the outbreak, though Ireland’s rugby Six Nations games against Italy and France have already been suspended.

All tickets purchased for the game by Irish fans will be refunded by the FAI. Customers with refund queries can contact the FAI by email at [email protected]

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