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Irish Fans Have Been Given The Runaround With Liverpool vs Barcelona Rumours

Irish Fans Have Been Given The Runaround With Liverpool vs Barcelona Rumours
By Gavin Cooney

DISCLAIMER: The headline above does not refer to all Irish football fans. It refers to a portion of Irish fans interested in watching Liverpool and Barcelona play at the Aviva Stadium.

Today is the Tuesday ahead of a Bank Holiday weekend. With the sweet, sweet promise of holidays on the horizon, it can be quite difficult to maintain focus on something as prosaic as work. What better way to keep our minds away from our desk, then, than an impromptu twitter rumour? This one was a cracker.

Neil O'Riordan of the Irish Sun this morning broke the news that Celtic and Barcelona would play a pre-season friendly game at the Aviva this summer, as part of the International Champions Cup, which is a kind of more competitive Champions League group stage.

This was revealed ahead of the official announcement at 2pm. This has since been confirmed as true: Barcelona and Celtic will play in Dublin on July 30. Then, out of nowhere, rumours of a second game to be held in Dublin began circulating:

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With many fans getting rather excited at the prospect of seeing Luis Suarez against his former side and watching Lionel Messi versus human floodgate Simon Mignolet, they were aquiver with anticipation for the official announcement at 2pm. Then it landed:

The game is not, in fact, definitely going ahead in Dublin. Instead it is fixed for a European venue yet to be confirmed in a kind of logistical trolling.

We stress that the game might yet still be at the Aviva, but given the fact that the game would likely sell about as twice as many tickets as can be sold for the Aviva, perhaps our only hope of it being held in Ireland is if it is held in Croke Park. Which, if it happened, would cause the moving of the All-Ireland quarter-finals and set a new record for angry calls to Joe Duffy's Liveline.

The full Champions Cup fixtures are below:

See Also: UEFA Deny RTE Reports That Dortmund v Liverpool Has Been Postponed Over Brussels Bombings

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