The search for a venue in Poland for next month’s Ukraine-Ireland Nations League game has stalled due to a shortage of hotels in the proposed host city of Łódź, Poland reported today.
A senior Polish Football Association official last week pointed out that the city of Łódź, 140 km from Warsaw, is set to host Ukraine’s home Nations League games against Armenia (June 11) and Ireland (June 14).
Ukraine coach Alexander Petrakov had expressed his preference for Nations League ‘home games’ to be played in Łódź, with the newly opened 18,000-capacity LKS Stadium earmarked as the venue for the games.
But due to other events this week in Łódź, a concert by Julio Iglesias and a medical conference, there is a serious lack of hotel availability for the game against Armenia and the Armenian FA has expressed its concern.
Hotel accommodation is available for the visit to Ireland four days later to meet the demands of the FAI official party and traveling supporters from Ireland. However, it is understood that if Łódź cannot host the game against Armenia, a new venue will have to be found for both games Ukraine does not want to have two different venues.
“We cannot find a hotel with enough vacancies for the request of the Football Union of Armenia,” Adam Kaźmierczak, vice-president of the Polish Football Association and at the same time chairman of the Łódź Football Association, told sport.interia.pl.
“We’re trying to persuade them to come to Łódź the day before the game, on June 10. We’re waiting for their answer.”
Ukraine’s senior team has been at a training camp in Slovenia and will play Borussia Mönchengladbach tomorrow in Germany in the first of their warm-up games ahead of the World Cup play-offs against Scotland on June 2.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/international-soccer/ukraines-bid-to-host-nations-league-clash-with-ireland-in-odz-hits-snag-41635324.html Ukraine’s bid for the Nations League clash with Ireland in Łódź has stalled