Belfast Telegraph

Beeb air Spain tie

By Stuart McKinley

The Belfast Telegraph last night helped score a victory for the thousands of Northern Ireland fans who won't be in Spain to watch their team next Wednesday night.

We revealed yesterday morning that the climax of the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign in Gran Canaria, which may turn out to be the country's most important game in 22 years, wasn't going to be screened on live television.

In response to that story, BBC Northern Ireland yesterday carried out hurried negotiations with Spanish broadcasters and completed a late deal to show the game live.

Disgruntled fans flooded the switchboards at Ormeau Avenue yesterday morning after the story appeared to complain that the game wasn't being shown and they have now got their wish.

The match will be screened on BBC TWO NI from 6.30pm on Wednesday, with kick-off at 7pm.

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