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Giovanni Trapattoni wants roof open in Sweden despite -10C forecast

Updated: Thursday, 21 Mar 2013 14:24 | Comments

Temperatures expected to be -10C in Sweden on Friday night
Temperatures expected to be -10C in Sweden on Friday night

Amid accusations of gamesmanship, Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has called for the stadium roof to be left open for Friday's World Cup qualifier in Sweden.

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With temperatures set to dip to -10 celsius, the Swedish Football Association has already stated its desire to keep the elements at bay for the Group C clash.

Swedish team manager Lars Richt has said that their primary concern was for the fans who do not want to watch a match in Stockholm's freezing temperatures.

Trapattoni, however, is keen to protect his players' eardrums at the expense of the shivering spectators at the newly-constructed Friends Arena.

"When it is closed, it has an echo, which is no good," Trapattoni said.

"It is too loud. I was in Germany with this situation before, and it was bad for us because of the crowd.

"It would not be cold. The pitch is what's important. It's for the spectators that it will be cold."

Friday's match will be Sweden's first competitive international at their new arena, and they come into the encounter on a high.

They closed out 2012 in fine style, staging a remarkable comeback to draw 4-4 with Germany in Berlin and snatch a vital point.

They opened the new stadium with a thrilling 4-2 friendly win over Roy Hodgson's England, with captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic netting all four goals, each one more spectacular than the last.

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