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Council holds key to approval of glamour ties

IT would be great if another sporting occasion, such as hosting the European Super Cup Final, came to Northern Ireland at a revamped Windsor Park, Belfast (Sport, September 12).

However, a word of warning to the IFA. Before representations begin with Uefa, speak to Belfast City Council first.

Belfast City Council's health and safety department is very robust and diligent in their implementation of the Safety of Sports Grounds (NI) Order 2006.

In fact, football officialdom believe they are damaging the game here by imposing crowd restrictions and the insistence of all-ticket games for the most modest of fixtures.

Those who approved a 16,000 audience sitting on temporary stands for a boxing bout at the Titanic slipway may place restrictions for an 18,000 audience seated in a purpose-built, modern arena for a football match.

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