Northern Ireland made to wait by UEFA

Northern Ireland made to wait by UEFA

Northern Ireland must wait until Monday to find out whether their Euro 2016 qualifier in Romania next month will take place behind closed doors.

Crowd problems in Bucharest during the 1-1 draw against Hungary on October 11 resulted in proceedings being opened against both federations by UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary committee.

Romania were cited for crowd disturbances, the setting off/throwing of fireworks and missiles and the use of laser pointers as well as improper conduct of the team due to the number of yellow cards issued in a bad-tempered encounter. Five Romanians and seven Hungarians were booked by Scottish referee Willie Collum.

A full or partial stadium closure at the Arena Nationala for the visit of Michael O’Neill’s table-topping side on November 14 are potential measures that could be taken against the Romanian Football Federation, though a hefty fine may also be imposed instead.

The Irish FA, which has been in constant dialogue with fans hoping to book their travel arrangements, had been told to expect a decision on Friday but must now wait until after the weekend.

A brief statement read: “The Irish Football Association have been in contact with UEFA regarding the Romania disciplinary case but have been informed that a decision will not be communicated to any party until Monday 27th October.

“As soon as the decision has been communicated, the Irish FA will issue a further statement on this matter.”

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