Sunday 25 September 2016

Ireland fans will have just over 8pc of the ticket allocation for France encounter

Published 23/06/2016 | 15:49

22 June 2016; Republic of Ireland supporters during the UEFA Euro 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille, France. Photo by Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
22 June 2016; Republic of Ireland supporters during the UEFA Euro 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille, France. Photo by Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

Ireland heroic fans will face an almost impossible task to find tickets for Sunday's massive Euro 2016 battle against France and could be reduced to just 4,500 in the Stade de Lyon.

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After more than holding their own in both the Stade de France, Bordeaux and in Lille, it looks like most of the tickets for the knockout clash with France have been grabbed by locals.

"We have secured 1000 tickets from the UEFA internal allocation and another 3500 were taken up during the portal round in February," said FAI Head of Communications Ian Mallon.

"Of course because we are playing the host nation, most of the stadium has already been snapped up," he added.

The stadium in Lyons has a 55,000 capacity which mean that Irish fans have under 10pc of the total .

Before the tournament, fans were given an option to purchase conditional tickets should Ireland progress to the last 16.

An additional number of tickets for the game were sold through the UEFA fan portal today with just under 1,000 snapped up by Irish fans.

And the FAI today confirmed that they are in negotiations with UEFA is a bid to secure more tickets for the match.

As things stand, there are no more tickets available for Ireland fans from official channels unless the FAI succeed in their dealings with UEFA.

Fans who did avail of the conditional tickets will receive a voucher to go on and purchase their tickets for the last 16. It is stated on the voucher that only the named fan can purchase the last 16 tickets and must produce ID when doing so.

However, it was also stated on the group tickets that fans must produce ID but this was not enforced.

In case UEFA release anymore tickets on their portal, you can purchase them here but be patient!

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