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Albania-England WCQ in doubt amid security concerns

Thu 25 March 2021 | 19:23

England’s World Cup Qualifier against Albania on Sunday could be called off due to security concerns.

Albania

had asked for a limited number of fans to be allowed into the venue, with Covid-19 measures still in place. However, the request was rejected by the Albanian government.

There are concerns as to whether crowds could congregate outside of the Air Albania Stadium in Tirana.

As a result, Local police informed the Albanian Football Association (AFA) that they cannot guarantee the safety of either team.

An AFA statement said:

"Today a letter arrived at the Albanian Football Federation which states that the structures of the local police directorate of Tirana do not guarantee the taking of measures before, during and after the Albania-England match on 28 March.

"Faced with the situation where the state authorities did not react after the request of the Albanian Football Federation for the release of spaces on the perimeter of the national stadium, we request urgent response of these structures.

"The cancellation of the Albania-England match scheduled to be played at Air Albania Stadium would have catastrophic consequences for the image of our country, the national team and in general for Albanian football."

A spokesman for the English Football Association said ahead of England's first qualifier against San Marino on Thursday

: "We continue to liaise with the relevant authorities."


source: SportMob