Belfast Telegraph

IFA fight UEFA over Serbia punishment

By Graham Luney

The Irish Football Association has promised Northern Ireland fans it won’t stand back and accept an unfair punishment from UEFA.

Supporters and the Irish FA have pledged to fight the UEFA decision banning fans from attending the Euro 2012 qualifier in Serbia on March 25.

It is understood that up to 200 Northern Ireland fans had already made travel arrangements for the trip and could now lose their money after the ruling that means the game must kick-off behind closed doors.

The IFA protested to UEFA after the punishment was handed out following the rioting by Serbia fans in their match against Italy in Genoa which was abandoned.

The IFA has expressed their outrage at the decision in a letter to the governing body. Geoff Wilson, head of marketing and communications at the IFA, said: “Why should our team or Northern Ireland fans be disadvantaged when we have done nothing wrong? We are waiting to hear UEFA’s response to our letter but this association works for the fans and we are standing shoulder to shoulder with them on this issue.”

Uefa awarded Italy a 3-0 win over Serbia after the qualifier in Genoa was abandoned.

Meanwhile, David Healy will today finalise a one-month loan deal with Championship side Doncaster Rovers.

The 31-year-old, who has not featured for Sunderland this season, will link up with another Northern Ireland international Dean Shiels.

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