Tickets for Ireland's Euro 2016 opener selling for a staggering €1,800 each
Published 17/02/2016 | 07:50
Tickets for Ireland's eagerly awaited Euro 2016 opener against Sweden in Paris are being sold for a staggering 26 times the face value online.
Martin O'Neill's men get their campaign underway at the Stade de France on June 13 and demand has been unprecedented, with more than 275,000 Irish applications for tickets.
Tout site Ticketbis offers a range of tickets, from Category Four – starting out at €265 each – right up to a pair of Category One tickets that cost €3,598.
The site has defended the eye-watering figures, stating that it is up to the users to decide on the prices charged.
Most Ireland fans have discovered whether or not they had got tickets for the competition, after UEFA began sending confirmation emails last week.
The FAI has also held back tickets and will distribute those to loyal fans who were not successful in the initial allocation from UEFA. Each participating Association were given an extra 2,000 tickets per game and last week the FAI secured a further 832 last week.
Independent.ie can reveal that over 500 of the 832 are for the Sweden game bringing the total amount available to just over 2,500 with 170 for the game against Italy in Lille (2,170 no available) and circa just over 120 for the most in-demand game (2,120 now available) - Belgium in Bordeaux.
And the FAI have stated it is hopeful of securing more tickets off UEFA in the coming weeks.
Category One tickets vary in price from other online outlets. CheckFootballTickets.com is charging €636 for a Category one Platinum ticket, with FootballTicketNet.com offering the same for €680. Viagogo is offering Category One tickets for €382.
Ireland supporters group You Boys In Green (YBIG) has said that the "majority" of regular fans who travel to away games were allocated tickets, while the general message on social media and fan forums was that the most deserving fans would be receiving tickets.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
"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.
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