Thursday 8 December 2016

'A national hero of Ireland' - Fan gives away four match tickets to the big game for free

Cathal McMahon

Published 26/06/2016 | 11:45

fans of Ireland during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E group stage match between Italy v Ireland at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy on june 22, 2016 in Lille, France.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
fans of Ireland during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E group stage match between Italy v Ireland at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy on june 22, 2016 in Lille, France.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

An Irish fan has been praised after he gave away four tickets to today's game for free.

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Up to 50,000 Irish fans are expected in Lyon today for our crunch clash with France.

However less than 5,000 official tickets for the game have been given to Irish fans - leading to a major scramble.

Touts have been flogging passes for up to €1,500 to desperate supporters.

However one genuine fan has offered his four tickets for free.

Writing on Facebook, Jason O'Connor said: "Any genuine Ireland fan in Lyon without tickets for tomorrow's game message me.

"I have 4 tickets all in Ireland end. I'm giving all 4 tickets away free to genuine fans who have missed out! Please message me soon as possible."

Jason later wrote that the tickets went to a "lovely lady and her family".

The selfless act was praised online with one fan contacting Independent.ie.

Anne Byrne told fanzone@independent.ie: "A national hero of Ireland."

She continued: "What a fantastic young man. It is believed he is a massive Ireland fan and a season ticket for many years."

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