Saturday 24 March 2018

'Fans will be furious about it' - Welsh supporters not happy with Aviva Stadium ticket allocation

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

The chairman of the Wales supporters group has hit out at the FAI over the proposed ticket allocation for the crunch World Cup qualifier at the Aviva Stadium in March.

Martin O'Neill's men will host their group rivals in Dublin on March 24, knowing that a win will put them in a very strong position as they look to book their place in the 2018 tournament.

There promises to be another passionate atmosphere at the Aviva when Chris Coleman's side visit, but the head of Wales' fan group isn't happy about a rumoured 6.5pc ticket allowance for their supporters, which would be 3361 tickets.

In December, it was announced that the FAI had secured 3,500 tickets for Irish fans for the return fixture, which is likely to be held in the 33,280 capacity Cardiff City Stadium.

"Wales fans will be furious about it, I'm sure," Vince Alm told the BBC.

"It's obviously a big stadium and we were expecting our normal 10pc allocation.

"That's what's been talked about, which would take us just over 5,000.

"We're being penalised for having a smaller stadium, if it's true.

"We're giving them 10% of the crowd and we're only having five or six per cent of the crowd in Ireland."

While the Welsh FA might be giving Irish fans a higher percentage of tickets (10pc), the smaller capacity of the venue for Ireland's away encounter means that the difference in the amount of tickets allocated by the respective associations will be small, if any.

Under official UEFA regulations, away fans are entitled to 5pc of the tickets, however, they can apply for an additional 5pc. The home nation's association decide whether or not to grant any additional tickets.

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