Andorra vs England: day before World Cup qualifiers fire breaks out in National Stadium | Football news

A day before they take on England in a World Cup qualifier, a serious fire broke out on the pitch at Andorra’s national stadium.

The fire started during a live cross to Sky Sports News’ England reporter Rob Dorsett and quickly engulfed the broadcast portal between the two sets of benches.

Thick black plumes of smoke rose from the fire, covering some of the apartments meters from that side of the ground.

A few minutes later, a fire crew arrived on the scene to extinguish the flames, but not before inevitably damaging the metal structure.

The England players had been training at the 3,300-capacity venue just three hours earlier, making final preparations for Saturday night’s clash.

Emergency services fight a fire at Andorra's national stadium a day before they play England in a World Cup qualifier
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Emergency services fight a fire at Andorra’s national stadium a day before they play England in a World Cup qualifier

Sky Sports News has contacted FIFA and UEFA for comment and to ask if there are any doubts about tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier.

After leaving the stadium, Rob Dorsett told Sky Sports News: “I saw significant damage to the dugouts there. The plastic structures where England would be located. The intensity of the flames.

“So, we think, the area where the VAR screen would be housed and most crucial of all, this is a 3G synthetic field.

Emergency services fight a fire at Andorra's national stadium a day before they play England in a World Cup qualifier
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Emergency services fight a fire at Andorra’s national stadium a day before they play against England in a World Cup qualifier

“There was a very intense heat on that side of the stadium and I could see as we exited the stadium that it had damaged the pitch. I would only suggest a foot inside the touchline there, but damage to the pitch nonetheless that will must be judged by officials before deciding whether it is safe and appropriate to play in that area.

“At this stage, there are still a lot of questions about what happened, why it happened and what will happen next with regard to tomorrow’s game.

“But perhaps the most important fact to report is that I understand that no one was injured as a result of that fire. No one in the stadium and no one in the residential buildings above and behind it.”

“Now only the practical damage and the implications for tomorrow’s game need to be addressed.”

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