Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland Euro 2016 tickets 'shambles': It was them, not us - IFA blame Uefa

By Steven Beacom

The Irish FA have demanded answers from Uefa over what went wrong with Euro 2016 tickets for Northern Ireland supporters and behind closed doors are blaming European football's governing body for the controversy.

Stung by severe criticism from fans, the IFA have gone on the offensive insisting they should not be held responsible for loyal supporters being informed on Tuesday that they would miss out on Northern Ireland's group games in France.

Uefa were unavailabe for comment last night, but may issue a response today.

The Belfast Telegraph can reveal that 893 fans, classed as high ranking supporters with the required number of points in the priority system, worked on by the IFA and Uefa, did not receive tickets for the big match against Poland in Nice on June 12.

Uefa made an extra 930 tickets available yesterday to right that wrong, but it did not stop questions from fans... or dismay.

Privately IFA officials feel that their priority system for tickets was not implemented correctly by Uefa. Answering questions from frustrated fans in an interview with the Belfast Telegraph, an IFA spokesperson said: "We've asked Uefa to explain specifically how the priority system was applied and to show why so many of our fans missed out. We await answers."

IFA Chief Executive Patrick Nelson said he was confident those high ranking fans who missed out on the Poland game would have tickets within weeks.

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