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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Scots could gain from Georgia's UEFA ban

Poland supporters light flares
Poland supporters light flares

SCOTLAND could face Georgia in a crucial Euro 2016 qualifier in an oasis of calm behind closed doors in Tblisi next September .

A busy day for UEFA's disciplinary committee also saw the FAI and Polish FA up on charges arising out of last Sunday's Euro 2016 clash at the Aviva.

Germany's game against Georgia was twice delayed by encroaching supporters and UEFA could order the Dinamo Arena to close its doors to all fans for Scotland's visit which would be a huge boost for Gordon Strachan.

The home support is notoriously intimidating and a free run at three points in front of empty seats would be welcomed by the Scottish boss.

The FAI face the prospect of a big fine for the accumulation of five yellow cards during the 1-1 draw with Poland but will also bear some of the brunt for the flares lit by visiting supporters before, during and after the game.

Closure

At the limit of possible sanctions is ground closure but much more likely is a stiff fine added to a similar punishment for disciplinary issues on the pitch.

Poland will also have to dig deep to pay for the excesses of their fans but they will be more than happy to take the hit with a point in the bag and Euro 2016 qualification well in hand.

UEFA's Disciplinary Committee will meet to decide sanctions on May 21, when they will also make a ruling on the postponed game between Montenegro and Russia which was abandoned amid chaotic scenes last Friday night.

England fans are also under the microscope again after a further bout of anti-IRA chanting during Tuesday's game against Italy in Turin.

Similar chanting during England's friendly in Parkhead shortly after Ireland lost to Scotland forced the English FA and manager Roy Hodgson to apologise.

Hodgson's next game is in the Aviva on June 7 and a repeat performance could have serious consequences for England.

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