World Cup: Northern Ireland qualifier against Russia faces pitch inspection

Windsor Park: Hit by overnight snow.

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Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Russia on Friday night is in doubt due to bad weather in Belfast.

Overnight rain and snow has left wintry conditions in the city, making the Windsor Park pitch a major concern.

With the Linfield stadium exposed to the elements and lacking undersoil heating, officials checked the pitch at 10am, after which they announced that they would need to hold a further inspection.

And the IFA released a further statement at 1.30pm which said: "The referee and match delegates are deliberating further on the situation regarding the game. An update will be given within the next hour."