Monday 20 November 2017

275,000 ticket applications were made by fans for Euro 2016 games involving Ireland

Irish fans during the play-off first leg in Bosnia Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Irish fans during the play-off first leg in Bosnia Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE Newsdesk Newsdesk

The FAI have revealed that the final amount applied for involving Ireland exceeded 275,000, making Martin O'Neill's team one of the most sought-after in France.

A statement from the association read: "For Ireland's three Group E games - against Sweden (June 13), Belgium (June 18) and Italy (June 22) - there is a combined total allocation of 26,000 tickets available and with over 275,000 tickets applied for this indicates just how heavily over-subscribed each fixture is.

"While it is impossible to meet the demand of each ticket request, the FAI will endeavour to reward the most loyal supporters. UEFA will contact each applicant to inform them of the timeline expected for payments to be taken, while all applicants will be informed of their final status by February 29 at the latest."

UEFA yesterday revealed that they have received 3.5million ticket requests through portals dedicated to each of the 24 competing nations and demand is especially high for the Group E clash between the Republic of Ireland clash and Sweden.

Martin O'Neill's side meet the Swedes at the Stade de France on June 13 and UEFA have said that the clash is in the top three in terms of ticket demand alongside the clash with Germany and Poland at the same venue on June 16 and the meeting of Portugal and Austria (June 18), also in Paris.

The governing body also said that Ireland were among the top five countries in terms of volume of demand for tickets alongside Poland, France, Austria and Switzerland.

Applications for tickets via the dedicated portals for each team ended yesterday.

Ireland received 13,000 tickets for our opener with Sweden in the French capital, 6,000 for the clash with Belgium in Bordeaux and 7,000 for the game with Italians in Lille.

Priority will be given to supporters from affiliated football leagues and more than 2,000 clubs that fall under their remit, Board and National Council members, Club Ireland members, Jack Charlton Lounge patrons, Sponsors, and players/staff.

Successful applicants will begin to receive notification in February 2016.

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