Tuesday 10 December 2019

'It was disgusting' - Irish fans peed off after they were forced to sit with puddles of urine at their feet during game

Picture: Kevin Doyle
Picture: Kevin Doyle

Cathal McMahon

Around 50 Irish fans were forced to sit with pools of urine at their feet during last night's game.

An apparent leak from a ladies' toilet resulted in streams of urine running into the Stade de France in Paris during Ireland's nail-biting clash with Sweden.

The fans sitting in X section arrived at their seats to discover a trickle flowing behind them but as the first half progressed it became a major issue.

Eventually as the second half was starting officials agreed to move all the fans to a corporate section on the opposite side of the pitch. However in the process of moving many missed Wes Hoolahan's wonder strike.

Picture: Kevin Doyle
Picture: Kevin Doyle

Group Political Editor of the Irish Independent Kevin Doyle, who was one of those sitting in the seats, said officials at the allocated section, who were unaware of the problem, then tried to prevent the fans from sitting there as their tickets didn't match the seats.

It resulted in a stand-off with some fans who refused to be moved again. As a result friends were separated and forced to sit through the last 30 minutes alongside corporate executives.

"It was disgusting. The smell was awful and the slow reaction from the stadium officials made the situation worse.

"Some fans actually stayed there for the full 90 minutes. It's hard to understand how it could happen."

Picture sent to fanzone@independent.ie by Richard Tormey
Picture sent to fanzone@independent.ie by Richard Tormey

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