GIBRALTAR FA had to be moved out of Spain’s group for Euro 2016 qualifying during today’s draw, due to political tensions between the two countries.
The draw in Nice briefly saw them placed with neighbours Spain but they were immediately swapped to a group with Germany and replaced by Luxembourg.
UEFA had announced prior to the draw that the two nations would be kept apart, as well as Armenia and Azerbaijan, who went to war between 1992 and 1994 and still have territorial disputes.
Gibraltar will now fight Germany, Poland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Georgia for a place at Euro 2016, hosted by France.
The Rock, which has a population of 30,000, became a member of UEFA last year and will compete in qualifying for the first time ever.
UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino had said: “Gibraltar is a full member and will participate in the draw on February 23, but it will not play against Spain.
“That was one of the criteria that was decided.”
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