Sunday 25 September 2016

Exclusive: Good news for Ireland fans as 1,200 more tickets become available for Euro 2016

Published 29/01/2016 | 13:02

More than 50,000 Irish soccer fans are expected to flock to France to cheer on the lads at the Euro 2016 finals. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
More than 50,000 Irish soccer fans are expected to flock to France to cheer on the lads at the Euro 2016 finals. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Irish football supporters desperately seeking tickets for Euro 2016 will be buoyed by today's announcement that the Football Association of Ireland has secured an extra 1,200 tickets for the group stages.

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Speaking at the launch of the FAI’s Strategic Plan 2016-2020 today, chief executive John Delaney revealed that the Association has secured an extra 400 tickets for the group games against Sweden, Belgium and Italy this summer.

Last week the FAI confirmed that UEFA are to make 6,502 more tickets available following lobbying by the Irish representation, bring the combined aggregate of tickets now available to Irish supporters to 36,722.

"We made representations to UEFA last Thursday and Friday," Delaney told Independent.ie.

"We were out at meetings and said we wanted more tickets and made representations on debit card issues and we obviously got some concessions which we were happy about.

"Today we got an extra 1,200 tickets, which 400 tickets per game, which we are also pleased about."

The extra tickets means that Ireland will now have 16,487 tickets for the game against Sweden, 7,495 for the Belgium clash and 9,720 for the final group game against Italy.

On top of the above allocation, the FAI will have another 2,000 tickets for each game and have said these will be kept back and distributed to fans with a history of supporting the team who miss out in the first round and the wider football family.

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