Friday 9 December 2016

Irish supporters group urge the FAI to be fair and transparent with Euro 2016 ticket allocation

Published 18/12/2015 | 21:04

An Irish supporters group have called on the FAI for full transparency on ticket allocation for 2016
An Irish supporters group have called on the FAI for full transparency on ticket allocation for 2016

An Ireland supporters group has called on the FAI to provide full transparency as to how match tickets for Euro 2016 are to be allocated.

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The You Boys in Green forum (YBIG.ie) welcomed the FAI’s statement released today regarding the delegation of tickets, though in a statement of their own, have appealed to the association to remove any ambiguity from the situation.

They have also requested that the FAI engage in a dialogue with its stakeholders on the matter, and that they distribute a number of tickets that is commensurate with other international football associations.

Furthermore, the group is hoping a repeat of the oversights of last November when fans known to travel regularly with team were denied the opportunity to support  them at qualifying game in Scotland.

The FAI subsequently admitted some culpability for the situation and that they would endeavour to ensure it would not happen again.

It read: “YBIG members also welcome the news that the FAI will receive an extra allocation of 2,000 tickets. Members of YBIG have long called for the FAI to provide a clear and transparent ticketing methodology. The statement provides confirmation that preference for the allocation of ticketing will be given to a number of groups.

“However, it appears likely that each of the groupings mentioned in the statement will be oversubscribed. It is not clear whether or not each grouping will have a quota of available tickets, based on previous FAI announcements.

"The FAI statement indicates that preference will be given to '“Supporters’ Clubs, Season Ticket holders, members of Fans’ Direct and supporters who have accumulated a significant number of points”'.

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“It is not clear whether all the above groups will be judged on the same criteria and be subject to the same loyalty points system, thus rewarding fans for their previous travel history.

"Under the previous allocation model, Supporters Clubs and individual supporters are eligible for 30% of tickets. This is significantly less than many other countries where long standing ticketing schemes are in place.

“In the case of the the game in Bordeaux, this would see individual applicants/Supporters Clubs competing for 2,000 tickets. Given there are over 30 official Supporters Clubs and several hundred independent fans who travel away regularly, this should be clarified.  

“The FAI statement also makes reference to a review of the pilot scheme that was in place for recent games. A number of hoped-for elements of the scheme such as the publication of supporters’ points have not been provided to date.  

“YBIG members once again urge the Association to engage with stakeholders to ensure clear communication of the priority of ticket allocation. It is clear that given the huge interest in the tournament many supporters will be disappointed when the ticket allocation is announced.”

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