England’s World Cup qualifier in opposition to Andorra on Saturday will go forward as deliberate regardless of a spectacular hearth on the principality’s Nationwide Stadium on Friday, UEFA has confirmed.
Sky Sports activities Information’ England reporter Rob Dorsett was broadcasting stay when the fireplace broke out within the tv gantry on the opposite facet of the pitch.
A thick plume of black smoke drifted in direction of the close by flats and residential lodging behind the stand as first stadium workers after which the fireplace brigade labored to place the fireplace out.
When the smoke cleared, it was obvious harm had been accomplished to the gantry and VAR screens in addition to one of many dugouts and a small part of the 3G pitch.
Though there was preliminary doubt whether or not the sport could be allowed to go forward, Andorra’s Soccer Federation mentioned the match could be unaffected and that place was confirmed by UEFA on Friday night.
Alternative VAR tools is already on-site in Andorra La Vella and a structural engineer is heading to the principality to evaluate the state of the published gantry.
Officers are glad there are different areas inside the three,300 capability floor appropriate for cameras if the primary gantry can’t be used.
Andorra’s gamers made use of nearly all of the pitch for their very own coaching session, which passed off a few hours after the fireplace had shocked these on web site.
The clean-up was underway whereas Andorra skilled and the small part of broken pitch will likely be changed earlier than Saturday’s 7:45pm kick-off.
England had skilled within the morning and the fireplace occurred simply after Gareth Southgate and Saturday’s captain Kieran Trippier spoke to the media.
An Andorra Soccer Federation spokesperson mentioned: “As everyone knows there was a small accident and a hearth.
“No private hurt has been reported, solely materials damages and the schedule will proceed as foreseen. No modifications there (with) press convention and coaching.
“There was an official assertion given by our minister of sport and the president of the federation. The match will likely be performed.”