Friday 26 May 2017

Just 1,400 tickets allocated for away leg of Euro 2012 play-off

Estonian ambassador Mait Martinson proudly displays
his national soccer jersey at his embassy in Dublin after
the draw was made yesterday
Estonian ambassador Mait Martinson proudly displays his national soccer jersey at his embassy in Dublin after the draw was made yesterday

Mark Hilliard

IRISH fans will struggle to secure a Euro 2012 playoff ticket for next month's crunch away showdown against Estonia.

The A Le Coq Arena football stadium in Tallinn has a maximum capacity of 10,300, one fifth the size of the Aviva Stadium.

Irish fans will be allocated just 1,400 tickets, which is more than the 10pc of the overall allocation which Estonia was obliged to make available to visiting fans.

Last night the FAI and their Estonian equivalents were locked in meetings to hammer out a ticket price, details of which will be released soon.

But when they do go on sale, there is little chance of the average fan getting one.

FAI chief executive John Delaney last night said he was pleased with the 1,400 allocation for Irish fans. "It means we'll have a large travelling support in a small stadium. It won't be sufficient but it will satisfy many of our hardcore supporters who follow us everywhere.

"It won't be another Andorran situation. To have a strong support in Tallinn is important and to have a packed Aviva on the following Tuesday will be, I know from the players' point of view after last Tuesday, it will be hugely helpful."

Irish Independent

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