• Short Summary

    The Tsirion Stadium two miles (three kilometres) from Limassol in Cyprus is the venus for a European Football Championship tie between England and Cyprus on 5 February.

  • Description

    The Tsirion Stadium two miles (three kilometres) from Limassol in Cyprus is the venus for a European Football Championship tie between England and Cyprus on 5 February.

    But, in England, concern has been expressed over the condition of the pitch which has weeds growing in those few patches of grass which are thriving on the bare ground.

    To complicate matters further, political considerations have now become important. In the last few weeks anti-British feeling on the island has grown to levels not seen there since the 1950's.

    The Secretary of the Union of European Football Associations (U.E.F.A.), Hans Bangerter, held discussions with his Chairman, Dr. Artemio Franchi, to decide whether the tie should be postponed.

    A final decision will probably not be known until the weekend (26 January) but it seemed on Wednesday (22 January) the match would be postponed, or transferred to a more neutral venue.

    As far as the condition of the pitch is concerned, England ??? Revie says he thinks it's too late to pull out now. He said ??? Tuesday (21 January) the Football Association had asked the UEFA to look at the ground but added: "the game will go on".

    However, the F.A. in London is awaiting a report from the British High Commission in Nicosia before the final decision is made.

    If the English team does go to Cyprus it has been arranged with the British Ministry of Defence that they will fly in a charter airliner into Britain's R.A.F. base at Akrotiri and is assumed they will live on the base curing their stay in Cyprus.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC0AH7FSPD12AMEKFWZ1QRT3BU
    Media URN:
    VLVAC0AH7FSPD12AMEKFWZ1QRT3BU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/01/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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