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Empty feeling: Ian Baraclough’s first home NI match was behind closed doors

Empty feeling: Ian Baraclough’s first home NI match was behind closed doors

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Empty feeling: Ian Baraclough’s first home NI match was behind closed doors

Irish FA and NIFL chiefs have been given fresh hope in the fight to get fans back into stadiums following news that 600 supporters will attend Ulster Rugby's match at the Kingspan Stadium tomorrow, however both football authorities are proceeding with extreme caution.

NIFL remain confident supporters will not be locked out of matches when the Danske Bank Premiership season begins on October 17, while the Irish FA are still hopeful that some Northern Ireland fans will be able to attend the Nations League clash with Austria at Windsor Park on Sunday, October 11.

The IFA confirmed yesterday that they would welcome fans to the Austria game, subject to NI Executive and Uefa approval.