England will have to wait to discover whether Saturday’s EURO 2004 qualifier in Liechtenstein goes ahead.
UEFA gave Liechtenstein an 11am deadline to provide guarantees on security measures in the wake of the war in Iraq. But the European football’s governing body have since decided to conduct further talks with the Liechtenstein authortities before making a final decision.
There are fears the England team could be targeted by terrorists as a result of British involvement in the war in Iraq.
Also, rumours of forged tickets circulating have raised questions about the number of England fans travelling to the game andthe ability of Liechtenstein’s 70-strong police force to deal with any potential security problems.
“Discussions are continuing,” said UEFA spokesman Mike Lee.
“The Liechtenstein authorities are finalising their assessment of the situation and we will discuss the matter with them later this afternoon.
“Once the full assessment has been made we will make a further announcement at the end of the afternoon.
“Obviously the aim is still to try and ensure that the game can go ahead as scheduled, but we have to be sure of the safety and security arrangements.”