Friday 9 December 2016

Poor attendance is down to poor football, not the recession

Published 29/03/2011 | 05:00

Robbie Keane celebrates after scoring for Ireland against Macedonia at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday
Robbie Keane celebrates after scoring for Ireland against Macedonia at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday

Robbie Keane celebrates after scoring for Ireland against Macedonia at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

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After the Ireland-Macedonia match last Saturday, Bill O'Herlihy asked the panel if the half-full stadium was as a result of the poor standard of football that we had all witnessed.

Liam Brady stated this to be an "insult" and blamed the vacant seats on the recession. One week previously, the stadium was full for the rugby international, with the ticket pricing even higher.

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