Soccer / Euro-2024. The Gibraltar-France match shall be performed in Portugal
This alternative is because of the finish of a particular authorization issued by UEFA which till then allowed him to play in his out of date Victoria Stadium.
Farewell, the modest Victoria Stadium and its small coated stand of 5,000 seats bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Reconstruction work on the brand new nationwide stadium in Gibraltar will start “within the second half of 2023”, the federation mentioned in its press launch, pushing the choice into exile in Portugal.
Since September 2018, Gibraltar has performed its official worldwide house matches on the Victoria Stadium, underneath a “particular exemption granted by UEFA”, which allowed the enclave to play on this stadium though sure stipulations weren’t met, “particularly relating to lighting, stadium capability and different extra technical infrastructure factors”.
This exemption was granted on the situation that work on the brand new stadium be launched in 2020-2021. As a result of Covid-19 pandemic, this work has been delayed, and UEFA has consequently prolonged its waiver till the top of the 2022 Nations League marketing campaign, which ended on September 26 after the Gibraltar-Georgia assembly (1-2).
The Gibraltar Soccer Affiliation has additionally made it clear that it’ll stage two friendlies in November (in opposition to opponents but to be decided), which would be the final performed on the Victoria Stadium earlier than it’s fully rebuilt.
The Gibraltar-France scheduled for June 16 (unpublished poster) would be the third qualifying match for the Blues, after the reception of the Netherlands and the journey to Eire, scheduled for March 2023.
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