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Ireland/Switzerland goes ahead as planned following late pitch inspection

The surface at the Stade de Geneva is in pretty bad shape, but has been deemed playable.

A view of the pitch at the Stade de Geneva.
A view of the pitch at the Stade de Geneva.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

IRELAND’S EURO 2020 qualifier with Switzerland tonight [KO 7.45pm Irish time] will go ahead as planned despite a late pitch inspection. 

The game was shrouded in doubt as swathes of the pitch at the Stade de Geneva were waterlogged and cut up very badly following a day of steady rain, but following a pitch inspection conducted by referee Szymon Marciniak two hours before kick-off, the game will go ahead as planned. 

The surface was only laid a few weeks ago, replacing a surface that had been damaged by a fungal infection. 

Ireland know that a win tonight will guarantee qualification for the Euro 2020 finals next summer. 

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Gavin Cooney  / reports from Stade de Geneva, Switzerland

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