The Republic of Ireland Women’s U-17 UEFA Championship elite qualifying phase game with Poland, due to be played tomorrow in Ukraine, has been postponed.

This follows an announcement by the Ukrainian Government that they have declared Monday 12 April a national day of mourning following the disastrous event which saw the death of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others when their plane crashed in Russia.

At a meeting in Simferopol, Ukraine, where the UEFA Championship elite qualifying phase is taking place, a unanimous decision was made between the four competing teams from Sweden, the Republic of Ireland, Poland and Ukraine to postpone two of tomorrow’s games until Tuesday 13 April. The decision was endorsed by UEFA.

Republic of Ireland manager Noel King expressed his sympathies to the Polish people: ‘This is obviously a tragic event for everybody involved and I think that in this situation, football is secondary in all of these matters.

‘We are fully respective of the wishes of the Ukrainian Government and in solidarity with Poland, I feel it was the right thing to do in this circumstance.

‘We offer our deepest sympathy to the Polish people and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers in these difficult times.’