Ireland cast doubt on Georgia World Cup qualifier

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Mon, Aug 11th - AFP


DUBLIN, Aug 11, 2008 (AFP) - The Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Georgia in Tbilisi next month could be in doubt after Irish officials admitted they were concerned by conflict in the region.

Georgian troops attacked South Ossetia last week and Russian forces responded by sending in troops and conducting air strikes.

The Republic are due to play in Tbilisi on September 6 but the Football Association of Ireland will monitor the situation closely and could ask for the match to be staged in another country.

A statement issued by the Football Association of Ireland said: "The FAI views with concern the escalation of hostilities in Georgia ahead of next month's World Cup qualifier match in Tbilisi.

"We will continue to work closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs, FIFA, UEFA and the Georgian Football Association to keep fans informed of any updates and advice from these bodies as they become available."

Wales' friendly match at home to Georgia next week in Swansea could also be in doubt.

The FA of Wales have been in contact with their Georgian counterparts, and at the moment the match on August 20 at the Liberty Stadium is still on.

An FAW spokesman said: "Because of the situation in the Georgia/South Russia region, the Football Association Of Wales is keeping in close contact with the Georgia Football Federation."

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