Delight for Ireland fans as 'majority' of loyal travelling support secure coveted Euro 2016 tickets
Published 16/02/2016 | 07:30
The majority of Irish soccer's loyal travelling support has managed to secure tickets for this summer's Euros in France.
Most Ireland fans had discovered by yesterday whether or not they had got tickets for the competition, after UEFA began sending confirmation emails on Friday.
The general message on social media and fan forums was that the most deserving fans would be receiving tickets.
That was also the message according to supporters group You Boys in Green (YBIG).
While a minority of deserving fans have been left disappointed - the FAI has been provided with upwards of 2,000 tickets to ensure they will get to see their team play in France.
"The majority of regular fans who go to away games and have season tickets seem to have been sorted out with tickets.
"There are a small number who of course haven't been so lucky," a spokesman for YBIG told the Herald.
But he added that it appears the FAI has enough tickets to ensure that fans are accommodated.
The FAI last night issued a statement encouraging fans to register for the official waiting list by forwarding on their UEFA notification email to an FAI email address.
"The FAI has made it a priority to free up more tickets for supporters and will remain in contact with UEFA over the coming days and weeks to secure as many tickets as possible for Ireland supporters," it added.
However, it warned that with more than 275,000 ticket applications made by Ireland supporters for three Group E games against Sweden, Belgium, and Italy, it was impossible to meet every request. It said the most deserving fans would be prioritised. Supporters can still avail of the re-sale platform, which will open in March and will be run directly by UEFA.