Tuesday 27 September 2016

Revealed: Irish fans the most meticulous in Europe as Euro 2016 ticket news arrives

Published 12/02/2016 | 16:59

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

It has been a long, long wait for Ireland fans this week as UEFA contacted fans from the 24 participating countries in Euro 2016 to deliver news on their ticket applications.

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A massive 275,000 tickets were applied for by Ireland fans for the three group games in France this June and this led to the Boys in Green being one of the final nations to find out if their applications were successful or not.

Independent.ie understands that Irish fans have proven to be the most meticulous in Europe when making applications.

On average, over 10pc of cards will fail to go through for a variety of reasons including insufficient funds or incorrect details logged when applying.

Ireland's success rate was 91pc, higher than any other nations participating in France this summer.

Fans have been busy checking their bank accounts all day (UEFA will make transaction sending confirmation emails) before and such was the interest, popular fans' site YouBoysInGreen.ie crashed with the volume of traffic.

"We had nearly 3,000 people trying to log into the same thread in the space of a couple of minutes and this caused our site to crash. It has been hectic all week," said YBIG part owner David Byrne.

Independent.ie can also reveal that one bank experienced almost 3,000 calls within one hour from fans looking to see if they had pending transactions from UEFA on their accounts.

The Football Association of Ireland have insisted that they prioritised loyal fans who regularly travel to see the team, and while the majority of users on YBIG expressed their, there were a small number who are still in limbo.

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 FAI 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.






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