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Ring of steel for the Aviva

Northern Ireland’s Carling Nations Cup clash with the Republic in Dublin WILL go ahead next month amid ultra tight security.

Travelling fans face strict controls after incidents surrounding the opening series game against Scotland in February at the Aviva Stadium.

Offensive behaviour by a handful of idiots, who then posted their shame on the Internet, will hit all 8,000 Dublin-bound Northern Ireland fans.

A meeting on Tuesday involving the IFA, FAI, gardai and sponsors Carling will finalise plans that will see fans bussed in and out of Dublin in a heavily-policed convoy with an equally strong security presence in and around the stadium.

Travelling fans will only be able to apply for tickets through the IFA who will vet all requests.

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Belfast Telegraph