Anxious Ireland fans to learn fate on Euro 2016 tickets this week
Published 10/02/2016 | 16:52
Ireland fans waiting anxiously to find out if they have been successful in their ticket application for Euro 2016 are expected to learn their fate on Friday.
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 of the 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 securing a pass for the concluding showdown with Italy in Lille on June 22.
The initial allocations from UEFA were smaller but they reviewed the situation and offered a number of competing nations extra tickets.
It's expected that the FAI will ask for more regardless of the outcome, while they also have an extra 2,000 tickets per game that will be given out after the first ballot to selected fans that missed out in addition to members of the 'football family.'
Irish supporters applied through the UEFA portal, with European football's governing body then receiving information from the FAI about supporters that should be prioritised based on their travel record and affiliation to supporters' clubs and schemes.
However, hardcore followers 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 which resulted in the provision of extra tickets.
Northern Ireland fans had lodged 50,000 applications for the 30,000 tickets, which illustrated the potential problems that could lie ahead for Republic fans. The FAI are confident that prioritised fans will secure access for the Sweden game in the 81,138 capacity Stade de France, but it could be trickier for Bordeaux (42,115) and Lille (50,186).
With their counterparts in other countries receiving the good or bad news, nervous Ireland fans are waiting on their e-mails and money to be taken from their bank account and there was speculation that word could be sent out today. But it's understood that the FAI are preparing for answers on Friday after receiving correspondence from UEFA to that effect.
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