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FAI given only 3,200 tickets by Scotland

IRELAND fans are facing a serious ticket famine for the Euro 2016 qualifier away to Scotland.

Martin O'Neill's side face the Scots at Parkhead on Friday November 11, the final competitive game of 2014, and a large Irish support had been predicted. The match is being played at Celtic Park as Hampden Park is out of action due to building work.

The FAI received 5,500 applications from Irish fans for the game but they have been informed by the Scottish FA that Ireland will only get just over the minimum of 5% of the stadium capacity, just 3,200 tickets.

Traditionally, host nations have offered the away team 10% of the ground's capacity but they are under no obligation to offer more than 5%.

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has reportedly asked his bosses in the Scottish FA to restrict the number of tickets given to away fans to help his side in the tie.

At one point it was suggested that the game be moved to Pittodrie to ensure a stronger home support.


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