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Irish FA made to wait by UEFA
24 Oct 2014 15:03
Northern Ireland must wait until Monday to find out whether their Euro 2016 qualifier in Romania next month will take place behind closed doors.
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Crowd problems in Bucharest during the 1-1 draw against Hungary on 11 October resulted in proceedings being opened against both federations by UEFA's control, ethics and disciplinary committee.
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Romania were cited for crowd disturbances, the setting off/throwing of fireworks and missiles and the use of laser pointers as well as improper conduct of the team due to the number of yellow cards issued in a bad-tempered encounter. Five Romanians and seven Hungarians were booked by Scottish referee Willie Collum.
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A full or partial stadium closure at the Arena Nationala for the visit of Michael O'Neill's table-topping side on 14 November are potential measures that could be taken against the Romanian Football Federation, though a hefty fine may also be imposed instead.
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The Irish FA, which has been in constant dialogue with fans hoping to book their travel arrangements, had been told to expect a decision on Friday but must now wait until after the weekend.
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A brief statement read: "The Irish Football Association have been in contact with UEFA regarding the Romania disciplinary case but have been informed that a decision will not be communicated to any party until Monday 27th October.
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"As soon as the decision has been communicated, the Irish FA will issue a further statement on this matter."
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