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Tuesday, May 25, 1999 Published at 23:10 GMT 00:10 UK


Sport: Football

Yugoslavia game gets go-ahead

Uefa will review the situation in the Balkans daily

European football's governing body has confirmed that the Republic of Ireland will play Yugoslavia in Dublin next month.

But Uefa says it will review developments in the troubled Balkans region on a "daily basis" and has agreed to "guarantee the safety of all concerned".

The Football Association of Ireland had said the Euro 2000 qualifying game on 5 June should be postponed.

FAI President Pat Quigley said: "We had argued that this match should have been postponed until some form of normality would return to the Balkans.

"It will not be easy for the players of both Ireland and Yugoslavia to play a match in these circumstances."

Uefa had said the match should be played, but has now clarified its stance - a week before the match at Lansdowne Road.

A special Task Force set up to deal with the situation in Yugoslavia decided that the country be allowed to stay in Euro 2000.

The Yugoslavs have already made arrangements for their players to stay at a hotel in Dublin.

Most of the squad live outside their homeland and will make their own way to Ireland for the game.



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