Wednesday 22 November 2017

Some Ireland fans face the prospect of being turned away at the turnstiles in Copenhagen

Irish fans with tickets outside the away section could be turned away from the Parken Stadium tomorrow
Irish fans with tickets outside the away section could be turned away from the Parken Stadium tomorrow

Laura Lynott

IRELAND fans face being refused admission for tomorrow’s crunch World Cup play-off with Denmark – even if they have tickets.

Supporters who have bought them for Danish sections have been warned they could be turned away from Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium.

Only 2,400 were made available for the away end, but up to 1,000 fans are believed to have bought tickets for areas reserved for home supporters.

WARNINGS

“The problem is not Irish fans in general. We have 2,400 Irish fans who have tickets in the right section,” said Danish Football Union spokesman Jacob Wadland (pictured).

“There could very well be some who have tried to ignore our warnings and tried to buy tickets in the Danish section.

“We are required by Uefa and Fifa to make sure that Danish and Irish fans are segregated.”

Some supporters used Irish addresses to purchase tickets and they have been cancelled, but it is understood others used false ID to buy them.

“It would be people who have knowingly tried to buy a ticket in the Danish section and ignored the disclaimer in English which said it was only for Danish fans,” said Wadland.

“To buy a ticket you would need to have provided a Danish mobile phone number, you would need to have paid with a credit card that is not issued in Ireland.

“Those who have done so stand a chance of being rejected when they come to the stadium.

“They would stand the chance that, when they try to enter the stadium, the tickets would not be valid, they would be stopped at the entrance.”

Wadland urged any Irish fans who do manage to get into Danish areas not to draw attention to themselves.

“What we are concerned about is should Ireland, heaven forbid, win the game or score two or three goals, we would try to avoid the situation where a group of Irish fans are jumping up and down and happy and sitting in the middle of 500 Danish fans, who are annoyed,” he said.

“That creates tension and that’s what we’re trying to avoid.”

The FAI has advised fans not to buy tickets that have not come through its official channels.

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