Tuesday 27 September 2016

'The ticket allocation is something I do have a gripe about' - Martin O'Neill has pop at UEFA

Daniel McDonnell in Lyon

Published 25/06/2016 | 16:05

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill looks on during squad training in Versailles
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill looks on during squad training in Versailles

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is deeply unhappy that his team's supporters will be dwarfed by the home crowd when they take on France in Lyon tomorrow.

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The Derryman took aim at UEFA today for allowing a situation where the Irish presence in the 59,000 capacity Stade de Lyon could be restricted to just 4,600 with France fans snapping up the vast majority of the tickets.

He believes the organisers should have set a bigger amount aside for any nation that ended up encountering the hosts in the knock-out stage.

"The ticket allocation is something I do have a gripe about," said O'Neill this afternoon. "It's totally disproportionate for a stadium of this size.

"For any team that is going to be playing in the last 16, I think getting less than 5,000 tickets is pretty unfair. It's totally disproportionate, not just for us but for any side. There should be an allocation left aside for any team playing here. It will be severely one sided."

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