Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Polish FA: FIFA’s decision to leave stadium roof open

The Polish football association (PZPN) confirmed that FIFA took a pre-match decision not to close the roof of the National Stadium ahead of last night’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against England. The match has been postponed until 5pm local time (4pm GMT) today, after continuous rain left large parts of the pitch underwater. The PZPN also confirmed that tickets for yesterday’s game will be honoured for today’s game.

‘Under the provisions of FIFA (FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014, Article 20, paragraph 5), the decision as to whether the stadium roof will be open or closed is delegated to FIFA after consultation with the teams and the head referee’, reads a PZPN statement. ‘This decision must be announced at the organisational meeting before the game. Before Tuesday’s game, steps were taken to close the roof, however as reported, this was not possible in the weather conditions for technical reasons.’

The FIFA regulations in question are available on the FIFA website here, but link to a blank PDF file. England’s Football Association (FA) is investigating the possibility of compensating fans who had travelled to Warsaw for the game but have had to catch scheduled flights home ahead of today’s rescheduled game. FA Director of Communications Adrian Bevington told press that compensation is “something we are looking into, but I can’t give any final decision on that”. The FA has also set up a refund process for unused tickets.

Andy Brown


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