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The Boys in Green coach believes that the atmosphere within the Friends Arena in Sweden will be too loud for his players if the roof is closed during the game on Friday, March 22

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni is adamant that the roof of the Friends Arena should remain open when his team faces Sweden in a crucial World Cup qualifier on Friday, March 22.

The Swedish Football Association (SvFF) is keen to close the roof on the 51,000 capacity stadium, according to a report in the Irish Independent, citing the freezing temperatures that are forecast for the evening as a justification, arguing that it would be better for the pitch and for the supporters.

However, Boys in Green boss Trapattoni has said that the stadium will be 'too loud' if the roof is closed during the game and stressed that the elements would not affect the players.

"When it is closed, it has an echo, which is no good," he told reporters. "It is too loud. I was in Germany with this situation before, and it was bad for us because of the crowd."

He continued: "It would not be cold. The pitch is what's important. It's for the spectators that it will be cold."

The final decision will be made by a delegate from Fifa, and each association will be in a position to state their case before the game on Friday.

Meanwhile, Stoke City duo Glenn Whelan and Jonathan Walters are both nursing minor complaints and sat out a training session on Monday March 18 ahead of the encounter with Sweden.

Wigan Athletic midfielder James McCarthy and John O'Shea also sat out the session, but all four should be fit for Friday.

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