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Ireland game may be postponed due to waterlogged pitch

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Martin O'Neill faces a wait to see if the game goes ahead tonight
Martin O'Neill faces a wait to see if the game goes ahead tonight

Referee Victor Kassai is to hold a pitch inspection ahead of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Serbia in Belgrade tonight.

The Football Association of Ireland has confirmed that the Hungarian official will take a look at the playing surface at the Rajko Mitic Stadium following torrential rain in the city during the afternoon.

The game is due to kick off at 7.45pm.

Kassai and his team of officials will carry out a later inspection this evening when they arrive at the ground at the standard time of 90 minutes before kick off.

The Serbian FA and FAI would of course prefer that the game goes ahead tonight but if Kassai decides that the pitch is unplayable, UEFA would then have to make a call on the fixture.

As tomorrow is an official international date, UEFA would try and rearrange the fixture for tomorrow afternoon.

A crowd of 25,000, including 800 Ireland fans, had been expected.