Ireland set for Brazil clash

by Neil Sherwin

The Republic of Ireland are to face Brazil in a friendly in March, but the game will be played at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in London.

International sports event promoter Kentaro has announced the fixture, which was given to the FAI as part of a compensation packag for the Thierry Henry handball incident in the World Cup playoffs back in November.

The game will take place on Tuesday, March 2nd at the Emirates Stadium in London, and will be part of a busy year as the new Aviva Stadium opens in Dublin in August with the visit of Argentina.

Croke Park stadium director Peter McKenna expressed his disappointment at the news that the game will be played outside Ireland.

“It’s disappointing because a game like this brings a great deal to the city but it was their decision to make,” he said.

“The market and economy are a different place as compared to when Brazil came here in 2008 and our rate reflected that but unfortunately we still weren’t successful in attracting the game.”

Ireland have previously played friendlies against Nigeria and Jamaica in England.

No ticket details have been announced so far.

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