Northern Ireland win date argument
Published 12/04/2013 | 13:41
Northern Ireland's postponed World Cup qualifier against Russia has been rearranged for August 14.
The new date represents something of a victory for the Irish Football Association, whose side are winless on the pitch, as Russia had pushed for June 11.
The original fixture fell foul of heavy snow and ice at Windsor Park last month and attempts to stage the fixture the following day also proved unsuccessful.
Discussions between the opposing associations over a new date began soon after, with Russia hoping to play four days after their June 7 assignment in Portugal.
Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill made his dissatisfaction with that plain as his British-based players would have been well into their off-season.
Reports that Russia had won the argument circulated earlier this week, but the IFA rejected those and has announced the new, FIFA-ratified arrangements.
The game will now be held three days before the start of the Premier League campaign, while the Football League and Scottish Premier League are due to begin on August 3.
An IFA statement read: The Irish FA can confirm that the postponed World Cup Qualifier between Northern Ireland and Russia will be played at Windsor Park, Belfast on 14 August 2013; kick-off time to be confirmed.
"A delegation from the Irish FA consisting of the President, Jim Shaw and the Chief Executive, Patrick Nelson, met this week with their counterparts from the Football Union of Russia and FIFA to agree the new date."