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Belfast ratepayers were billed £170,000 to relocate the Euro 2016 fanzone, it has been reported.

The Irish News reports that Belfast City Council's intervention - as the Belsonic venue was available for the Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland games - cost 170,077.05.

A spokeswoman for the council told the paper it was arranged at "exceptionally short notice" following a request by "central government".

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The Belsonic festival site was used for both international team's group stage games with thousands descending on the docklands venue.

However, when both reached the knock-out phase of the competition there was an outcry as Belsonic was hosting a music concert.

The First and Deputy First Ministers intervened and called for Belfast City Council to find a venue.

Over 10,000 fans flocked to the re-arranged Boucher Road playing fields for the two games. Some 9,000 were for the Northern Ireland game against Wales on the Saturday evening.

Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro also delayed their BelSonic appearance so that ticketholders for their show could watch the Green and White Army.

The council said expenditure was on stewarding, toilets, transport, marquees and licensing but that it did generate £3,500 through hiring trade areas to vendors.

"The Saturday attendance more than justified the initiative but unfortunately poor weather had a detrimental effect on the Sunday," the spokeswoman added.

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