Friday 28 October 2016

Roy Keane very unhappy with Ireland's 'unfair' ticket allocation for showdown with France

Published 24/06/2016 | 14:01

Republic of Ireland assistant coach Roy Keane
Republic of Ireland assistant coach Roy Keane

Republic of Ireland assistant boss Roy Keane is clearly unimpressed with face that just one in 12 fans at the Stade de Lyon will be Irish.

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Some 3,500 tickets for the game were snapped up by Ireland supporters when they went on sale in February and another 1,000 were purchased on the UEFA fan portal yesterday.

The FAI managed to secure a little over 100 extra tickets and are in negotiations to try and get their hands on more.

It is clear that there will be no repeat of the scenes in Paris, Bordeaux and Lille where Irish fans more than matched their opponents for numbers in side the stadium.

It is a situation which does not sit well with Keane.

 “Obviously, when you play, you are doing it for yourself, your team-mates, your family, your manager and the staff," he said.

“But I really felt that the players wanted to give the supporters a night to remember against Italy. I felt it in my bones. And they did.

“They all enjoyed it and it’s just a shame we won’t have as many supporters at the next game.

“No doubt the players will get up for such a big occasion but I spoke the fans and they kept the players going on Wednesday and I don’t think we’ll have the benefit of that on Sunday.”

“With a capacity of about 58,000, we’ve got 4,500 tickets. That seems a little bit unfair. But we’ve got to roll up our sleeves and get on with it.”

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