RTE.IE (12:10) Saturday's Euro 2004 qualifier between Russia and Ireland could be under threat due to forest and peat bog fires in the Moscow region. Air traffic has been seriously disrupted and one of the city's two main airports has closed due to the smoke. A state of emergency has been declared in much of the city due to high levels of carbon monoxide and an increased number of respiratory ailments have been reported. Russian Football Union Secretary-General Vladimir Radionov has said that he hoped the smog would not prevent the teams from arriving this evening or playing on Saturday. The fires, many of which are smouldering in peat bogs, are considered almost impossible to put out to due to the worst drought in 100 years. Ireland’s Euro 2004 match under threat Filed at: Thursday, September 05 2002 12:01 PM The Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Russia in Moscow is under threat due to forest and peat bog fires in the Moscow region, Russian football officials said today. The Irish team flew out to Moscow this morning for the game. Russian Football Union Secretary-General Vladimir Radionov said that a delay in the match would have to be considered if conditions prevented the Irish team from arriving on time Thursday evening. "We all hope that the smog will not prevent the teams from playing on Saturday," Radionov said. However, local media have reported that the pollution has caused a major increase in carbon monoxide levels and respiratory ailments. RFU press spokesman Andrei Tarabrin said a decision on the match should be finalised by the both sides representatives and the UEFA delegate on Saturday morning.