Belfast Telegraph

Euro 2016 Northern Ireland fans treated like dirt

By Steven Beacom euro 2016

FURIOUS Northern Ireland supporters have blasted that they have been 'treated like dirt' and called for heads to roll at the Irish FA over the Euro 2016 ticket fiasco.

Hundreds of loyal fans were informed by Uefa yesterday morning that they had missed out on tickets for Northern Ireland group games in France despite a priority system, which favoured those who had attended the most matches, supposedly being in operation.

Other fans who have never been to an international were successful in their application for tickets.

Even in the afternoon when it was announced that Uefa were handing over an EXTRA 1,000 tickets to fans 'ranked near the top of the IFA's priority list' for our first game with Poland on June 12 at the 35,000 capacity Stade de Nice, there was still dismay.

Questions were raised on whether Uefa had correctly implemented the priority points system and there was anger directed to Uefa and the IFA, who had worked together on the system. IFA Chief Executive Patrick Nelson was also criticised.

Lifelong fan Ian McKinney from Banbridge said: "I think the fans have been treated like dirt.

"The priority scheme was clearly not operated correctly and even though another 1,000 tickets are being made available, someone at Uefa and the IFA needs to stand up and take responsibility for what has turned out to be a mess, leaving many of us fuming and frustrated.

"Fans believe this is a resignation matter for whoever didn't do their job right at the IFA or Uefa."   

Belfast Telegraph