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Friday, 2 June, 2000, 15:55 GMT 16:55 UK
Yugoslavia may face Euro expulsion
Rep of Ireland v Yugoslavia
The Republic of Ireland could replace Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia are waiting to hear if they are to be expelled from the European Championship as a Belgian court decides their fate.

A court in Liege will announce its verdict before 9 June on a request by residents of Kosovar origin in Belgium to bar the Yugoslav football team from competing in Euro 2000.

The tribunal has heard submissions from lawyers for the plaintiffs and for the Belgian State.

The Kosovars are seeking to have visas refused to the Yugoslav team and its entourage.

Their case is based on existing European Union sanctions against the Yugoslav regime - imposed during the Kosovo conflict - and which the Kosovars maintain should be applied to the football team.

Yugoslavia are due to play all their Group C first round matches in Belgium, with the first on 13 June at Charleroi against Slovenia.

If Yugoslavia are expelled, the obvious candidates to replace them would be the Republic of Ireland, who finished runners-up in their group and lost a two-legged play-off with Turkey.

In 1992, Yugoslavia were thrown out of the European Championship in Sweden in similar circumstances, although in that case United Nations sporting sanctions applied at the time.

Denmark stepped in at short notice and they went on to win the tournament.

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