Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Northern Ireland game in doubt

Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland side are due to face Russia tonight but the game is in doubt

Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Russia tonight is in some doubt due to the weather in Belfast.

Overnight rain and snow has left the city in wintery conditions, making the Windsor Park pitch a major concern.

Linfield's stadium is among the more basic in international football and it does not have much in the way of defences to the elements.

The Irish Football Association this morning released the following statement: "The referee (Norway's Tom Hagen) will inspect the pitch at 10am this morning as part of his normal duty.

"We will keep you updated throughout the day."

The snow has also forced the closure of the runway at George Best Belfast City Airport.

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