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Northern Ireland Women's Euro game postponed after fatal accident

By Stuart McKinley

Published 09/04/2016

With the match officials also stuck and only the Czech team at the ground, there was little option but to postpone the game
With the match officials also stuck and only the Czech team at the ground, there was little option but to postpone the game

Northern Ireland's European Women's Championship qualifier against the Czech Republic was postponed last night, some two hours AFTER the scheduled kick-off time.

A fatal accident on the M1 motorway caused major traffic disruption in and around the entire Lurgan area, with the Northern Ireland team stuck miles away from Mourneview Park at 7.30pm, when the match was due to start.

With the match officials also stuck and only the Czech team at the ground, there was little option but to postpone the game.

A statement from the Irish FA said: "The Uefa Women's European Championship Group 6 Qualifier between Northern Ireland and Czech Republic has been postponed due to a fatal accident on the M1.

"An announcement on when the game will take place will be made in due course by Uefa.

"The Irish FA passes on its thoughts to those involved in the accident."

Northern Ireland now face Italy on Tuesday in Reggio Emilia, near Parma.

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