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Wednesday, March 24, 1999 Published at 15:19 GMT

Sport: Football

Uefa cancel Republic clash

The Republic's clash with Macedonia has been postponed

The Republic of Ireland's controversial European Championship qualifying tie against Macedonia in Skopje has been postponed by Uefa.

FIFA spokesman Guido Tognoni: "We have to find another solution"
Aer Lingus, who were scheduled to fly the Irish squad to Skopje on Thursday morning for the Euro 2000 qualifier, have announced that they would not be carrying the team to the Macedonian capital.

An Aer Lingus spokesperson said: "We are taking the advice of the Irish government's Department of Foreign Affairs, and will not be flying the Irish squad to Skopje.

"The Football Association of Ireland have been informed."

The FAI contacted Uefa at their headquarters in Geneva and they will felt they had no option but to postpone the game.

The cancellation follows the postponement of Saturday's other group eight match between Yugoslavia and Croatia and next Wednesday's Yugoslavia-Macedonia game - both of which were scheduled to be played in Belgrade.

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