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IFA sends out personal details of 174 fans by mistake

The IFA has come under fire after they sent personal details out of 174 fans by mistake.

The football governing body was sending an email to tell some supporters that their final payment for the world cup qualifying campaign tickets had failed.

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But instead of sending it individually - the email address of a number of others was included.

The email, which was disclosed on the BBC Stephen Nolan show said: "This payment has declined and the account must be settled urgently."

Sports journalist Steven Beacom said it was a "big worry to fans".

He said: "It's very concerning. It's a big big worry for those fans it should not have happened and the IFA should be doing something about it.

"They (The IFA) will call them the best fans in the world but when something goes wrong they don't show them enough respect in my opinion and someone should be explaining how this has happened

"There is a lot of good work done at the IFA but there are too many controversies that have come out."

In a statement the IFA said it regrets any inconvenience caused.

It said: "On Thursday March 30 the IFA sent an email to 174 supporters informing them of a payment issue with their account. Regrettably the email addresses of the 174 recipients were visible on the email that was sent.

"We've taken action to alert those specific individuals affected by this unauthorised disclosure and now investigating how it occurred.

"We sincerely regret any inconvenience our supporters may have experienced as a result of this issue."

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