Northern Ireland free to play Romania at Windsor Park

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The Irish Football Association have confirmed that the ground's West Stand will be abolished, but the national stadium will still host the Euro 2016 qualifier with Romania

Northern Ireland will play their next Euro 2016 qualifying fixture against Romania at Windsor Park, despite the Irish Football Association (IFA) confirming the damaged West Stand is to be demolished.

Structural damage was found in the stand and, following a review from a structural engineer, it will be torn down.

However, the Euro 2016 qualifying match against Romania - which takes place on June 13 - will go ahead at the venue as planned, with the IFA confirming that work on the East Stand, South East Quadrant and South Stand will be accelerated in order to meet the 10,000 capacity.

IFA chief executive Patrick Nelson said: "Naturally it is sad that we are having to resolve the West Stand issues in this manner, however the project team has worked tirelessly over the past three weeks to develop a plan which will enable us to play Romania in our own home in eight weeks' time.

"Now the decision has been made, the focus turns to delivery. We will keep in close touch with UEFA and the relevant safety authorities to ensure that they are fully aware of, and in agreement with, our plans."

Northern Ireland are second in Group F having taken 12 points from five matches and sit just one point below leaders Romania.

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