Belfast Telegraph

Windsor Park: Cause of Kop stand failure to be revealed

By Keith Bailie

IFA boss Patrick Nelson told a DCAL Committee at Stormont yesterday that the Irish Football Association intend to make public the cause of the collapse of Windsor Park's West Stand, even though the report itself may remain confidential.

Behind the scenes the debate about who will pay for the new Kop Stand rages on, but Nelson and his IFA colleagues refused to be drawn into the blame game.

The IFA's chief executive told a committee of MLAs that cause of failure will be made known. However, the full report is unlikely to be released.

"It's a private and confidential report. The report was commercially procured by the IFA," he said.

"What I can say is that the cause will be made available. The data will become public in due course. Whether the actual report will be made available is not something I can state at this point. Much of the report will be process.

"But I can state, hopefully quite clearly, that the cause of the failure will be known. There are still debates among the insurers as to where the final bill will lie for this."

The Irish FA worked around the clock alongside construction companies to ensure that Windsor Park was ready for tomorrow's mammoth European Championship qualifier with Romania. New seats have been added to the Railway End of the ground.

With over 10,000 seats now in place all tickets holders will get to see the game.

As the IFA found themselves a few seats short, 700 plastic seats were borrowed from Reading Football Club, who had recently removed them from their Madejski Stadium.

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