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England v Andorra

London tube strike won't delay England qualifier

June 9, 2009

Football Association chief executive Ian Watmore has confirmed threatened industrial action will not result in England's World Cup qualifier against Andorra on Wednesday being played behind closed doors.

London is set to grind to a halt this evening with tube workers beginning a 48-hour strike. The action will have a massive impact on travel, with England's Group Six qualifier among the worst affected.

Wembley has always encouraged fans to travel on the tube network, but the FA has refused to alter their plans in the face of what is certain to be major disruption if the strike goes ahead.

"The game will kick off at 8.15 as planned tomorrow," Watmore confirmed. "It will not, repeat not, be played behind closed doors."

The FA took the decision last week to halt ticket sales at 70,000 for on Wednesday's game and have held discussions with Brent Council and the Metropolitan Police to find the best way to deal with the situation.

"Since the threat of a tube strike started last week we have worked very co-operatively with all those parties involved," Watmore added. "I'd like to thank them for their help.

"Supporters should plan to travel as early as possible. The turnstiles will now open earlier, at 5.45pm, to limit disruption.

"Supporters attending should be prepared that, due to the planned industrial action, travelling in London will not be straightforward, and they should expect a disrupted journey."