Andorra vs England: Fire erupts at Estadi Nacional stadium ahead of World Cup qualifier


A fire broke out at the Estadi Nacional stadium in Andorra ahead of the country’s World Cup qualifier against England on Saturday.

A temporary structure that was erected for the game was seen in flames during a live television report by Sky Sports.

Sky’s Rob Dorsett was providing an update on the England camp when a TV gantry suddenly caught fire.

Andorra’s stadium on fire

The cause of the fire is unknown as of yet, but the scenes were shocking. A huge amount of black smoke rose from the gantry before emergency services arrived on the scene.

The 3,000-capacity stadium is situated in Andorra’s capital of Andorra La Vella. 

Gareth Southgate’s England players had trained on the 3G hybrid pitch just hours before the fire broke out and according to the Telegraph, there were concerns that the heat may melt part of the plastic surface.


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Thankfully there are said to be no injuries.

England’s qualifier against Andorra will be officiated by an entirely female crew, marking the first time that England’s men’s senior side will be refereed by a woman.

Kateryna Monzul will be joined by assistants Maryna Striletska and Svitlana Grushko for the encounter.

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Southgate’s side are in pole position in qualifying Group I with 16 points from a possible 18.

Andorra, meanwhile, have won just one qualifier so far.


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