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Last Updated: Friday, 2 February 2007, 08:34 GMT
Fans assured Windsor Park is safe
Northern Ireland play at Windsor Park
Northern Ireland will be in action at Windsor Park on 6 February
Linfield chairman David Crawford has assured fans attending the Northern Ireland v Wales friendly on Tuesday that Windsor Park is completely safe.

An independent report looking at the ground's suitability for international football recently assessed the stadium as a significant fire risk.

The Linfield chairman said interim safety measures had been carried out.

"I can assure fans that their safety will not be compromised in any manner," said Crawford.

Linfield said they got a facilities audit carried out to pinpoint what needed to be done to keep the ground in line with Fifa and Uefa standards and also to comply with health and safety demands.

A major area of concern was that smoking was still allowed in the wooden south stand.

There had also been storm damage to the north stand which caused an Irish Cup match to be postponed.

"The audit has, as expected, pointed out areas for improvement which would be in keeping with our ongoing strategy for Windsor Park," added Crawford.

"We commissioned the review and will implement its findings over an agreed timescale for all parties involved."

Irish FA chief executive Howard Wells confirned that the capacity for the Wales match would be lower "by several hundred" because of health and safety implementations.


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