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Saturday 3 December 2016

North face UEFA rap after phoopgrapher struck in the face

Photographer Darren Kidd is injured after a firecracker explodes under his seat during the Euro 2016 Qualifier at Windsor Park in Belfast on Saturday
Photographer Darren Kidd is injured after a firecracker explodes under his seat during the Euro 2016 Qualifier at Windsor Park in Belfast on Saturday

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Irish Football Association after a photographer was struck by a firework during Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 qualifier against Romania on Saturday.

Darren Kidd was given medical assistance at pitchside after being hit on the neck by the projectile, which exploded on the ground.

The incident was included in the UEFA delegate's report and the governing body's website confirmed on Monday it was being investigated.

Kidd wrote on Twitter: "burnt sore deaf 1 dead camera. I was very lucky dont want to think what would have happened if I hadnt got it off my neck. I blame the home fan who threw it."

The Polish FA were fined £18,000 after supporters released fireworks during their qualifier earlier this year, and the Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Federation have also been cited this week for a similar offence.

But IFA president Jim Shaw is hoping for a sympathetic hearing.

"I wouldn't expect the punishment to be significant, especially for a first incident of this kind," he said. "We have a good record and it may even be a case of being given a warning rather than a fine.

"Overall, things went well. The stadium looked great and the atmosphere was very good."

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