12 Aug 2008

Ireland ask FIFA to switch Georgia tie

2:04 pm on 12 August 2008

Ireland's Football Association will ask FIFA to switch their World Cup qualifier in Georgia next month to a neutral venue because of the conflict in the country.

Georgia launched an attack last week in an attempt to regain control over the pro-Russian province of South Ossetia. Russian forces responded by sending in troops and conducting air strikes, with hundreds of civilians killed.

A FIFA spokesman says football's world governing body is monitoring the situation closely and they had been in contact with the FAI and the Georgian FA.

Georgia are also due to play Wales in a friendly in Swansea next week.