Ireland’s 2010 World Cup qualifier on September 6th next with Georgia has been moved to a neutral venue.
A statement released by Fifa read: “Fifa today decided that the 2010 Fifa World Cup preliminary competition match between Georgia and the Republic of Ireland, scheduled for September 6 2008, will take place at a neutral venue due to recent events in Georgia, which have affected security in the entire country.
“Fifa reached this decision after closely monitoring the situation in Georgia and taking note that Uefa also decided to ask Georgian clubs involved in Uefa competitions to play their matches in neutral countries.
“The Georgian Football Federation has until August 26 2008 to nominate a neutral venue to host the qualifying match against the Republic of Ireland, which will take place on the scheduled date of September 6 2008. The Georgian Football Federation will serve as the host association for this match.”
This was to be Giovanni Trapattoni’s first real game in charge of teh Republic of Ireland team. Depending on location there could be a large Irish attendance, something the Georgian’s are sure to try to avoid.
All eyes are now on the Georgian’s to see what neutral venue they choose!