England game in Andorra could be cancelled

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England game in Andorra could be cancelled
England game in Andorra could be cancelled. image: twitter

England’s Andorra match could be cancelled

The England game in Andorra is in jeopardy after a fire broke out there this afternoon, Friday, October 8, at around 4pm local time. Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad is preparing for their World Cup qualifier against the tiny principality, in the 3,300-seater Estadi Nacional in the capital Andorra la Vella.

A team of welders is inside the ground constructing a metal gantry for the TV broadcasters to use tomorrow, Saturday, October 9. It is thought that sparks possibly set fire to the structure, which went up in flames, with clouds of black smoke filling the air.

From the gantry, flames then spread to the two adjacent dugouts, as well as setting fire to the artificial pitch. The fire actually spread onto the playing area before it could be extinguished.

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Local firefighters arrived on the scene and the fire was out by 4.17 local time, but now a pitch inspection will need to be made, to assess the damage and confirm whether the surface is playable, and if it is also safe. Confirmation is yet to be given, so it is a waiting game for the England squad while officials make their decision on tomorrow night’s match.

Gareth Southgate and Kieran Trippier had only just completed their media interviews when the fire broke out. The England squad her earlier been out on the artificial pitch training, as reported by thesun.co.uk.

UPDATE: It has since been announced that the match will go ahead as planned.


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Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sang and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.

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