Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Northern Ireland v Russia World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park postponed for second time

Northern Ireland's rearranged match against Russia was called off again after heavy snow
Northern Ireland's rearranged match against Russia was called off again after heavy snow

Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifying game against Russia at Windsor Park has been postponed for a second time, with the fixture now likely to be played in June.

The Group F clash was due to take place at Windsor Park on Friday night but was postponed until 3pm on Saturday after driving snow in Belfast left the pitch unplayable.

Shortly before 11am this morning, official announced the match would not take place as the pitch remained frozen.

Prior to today's announcement, Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill had said he would  be left with a huge headache if the game fell foul of the weather a second time.

"We can only prepare as though the game is going ahead. If that doesn't happen then that is a whole different set of circumstances with the fixture schedule," Mr O'Neill said.

"We play Israel on Tuesday and where we would try to fit the Russia game in, in that event, would be a huge issue. We will only address it tomorrow if it happens."

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