After Premier League clubs feared their England players suffering injuries on an artificial pitch, a fire broke out there. Just hours after England practiced at Andorra’s 3G artificial home pitch for World Cup qualifiers, this national pitch caught ablaze. But after we expressed doubt about the fixture in football news, Andorra-England will proceed despite the fire at Estadi Nacional.
This World Cup qualifier between Andorra and England, playing today, on Saturday, will still take place at Estadi Nacional.
Despite a fire breaking out at their Estadi Nacional pitch on the eve of the game, the Andorra Football Federation (FAF) expects Saturday’s World Cup qualifier with England to go ahead as planned.
The fire broke out a few hours after Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions team had finished training at the 3,300-seat stadium.
Following the two national teams’ press conferences, the fire produced heavy black smoke and required fire crews, firefighters, to extinguish.
Subsequently, a television gantry caught on fire, and a VAR pitch-side monitor and a dugout seemed to have been harmed.
Near the touchline, the fire also scorched some of the playing fields.
Andorra-England Will Proceed despite the Fire at Estadi Nacional
“No personal harm has been reported, only material damage. The schedule will continue as planned and the match will go ahead,” a statement by the FAF read on Friday.
However, UEFA will likely make the ultimate decision on whether the two teams should play the game at Estadi Nacional.
Before this weekend’s match, whenever it does play, England, with 16 points, sit four points clear of second-placed Albania. Albania themselves, at 12 points, have one point more than third-placed Poland, who have 11 points. And while England are at the top of Group I, Andorra are fifth, in second-to-last place with just three points. In fourth place are Hungary, having 10 points, and last in Group I are San Marino with zero points.