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Safety fears could shut Windsor Park down

Kyle Lafferty scores at Windsor Park
Kyle Lafferty scores at Windsor Park

Safety fears could shut Windsor Park down after cracks were spotted in the West Stand, it has emerged.

Windsor Park could be temporarily shut down after cracks were discovered in the West Stand earlier today.

The Irish FA is currently investigating the extent of the damage, which it says was 'caused overnight', amid spectator safety fears.

Northern Ireland beat Finland 2-1 at Windsor on Sunday to remain second in Euro 2016 Group F with four wins from five games.

But doubts have now been cast over the home game against Romania in June going ahead at the South Belfast venue.

Linfield, from whom the IFA is leasing Windsor Park, have a huge top-of-the-table league clash with leaders Crusaders at home on Saturday.

And the Irish Cup Final between Glentoran and Portadown is scheduled to take place in the stadium on Saturday May 2, if the venue passes safety inspections.

A short statement issued by the IFA today stated "The Irish FA became aware on Tuesday morning of some damage having been caused overnight to the West Stand of the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. 

"The Association is currently awaiting a report from the structural engineers.  No further comment will be made at this stage."