Monday 29 May 2017

Fans to learn fate on Euro tickets

A huge number of Ireland fans will travel to the Euros
A huge number of Ireland fans will travel to the Euros
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Ireland fans waiting anxiously to find out if they have been successful in their ticket applications for Euro 2016 are expected to learn their fate tomorrow.

A total of 275,000 applications were received from Ireland supporters for the three group games in France, with a large number of followers applying for all games.

As it stands, 16,087 fans will be accommodated for the June 13 opener with Sweden in the Stade de France, with 7,095 getting into the Belgium encounter in Bordeaux on June 18, and 9,320 at the concluding showdown with Italy in Lille on June 22.

The initial allocations from Uefa were smaller but they reviewed the situation.

It is expected that the FAI will ask for more tickets regardless of the outcome. They also have an extra 2,000 tickets per game to be given after the first ballot to selected fans that missed out, in addition to members of the 'football family'.

Supporters were given cause for alarm earlier this week when loyal Northern Ireland supporters missed out despite assurances from the IFA that they would be looked after.

It led to urgent talks between the Belfast authorities and Uefa.

Irish Independent

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