Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland fans facing Euro misery as 50,000 seek tickets

By Stuart McKinley

Thousands of Northern Ireland fans are facing a lockout from this summer's European Championship finals in France.

More than 50,000 applications were made via the Uefa online portal before yesterday morning's team-specific deadline, but only 25,000 tickets are available to Northern Ireland fans.

The Irish FA have been allocated 6,000 tickets for Northern Ireland's opening match against Poland in Nice on Sunday, June 11 while there will be 8,000 tickets available for the final group match against Germany in Paris on Tuesday, June 21.

Fans have a better chance of getting a ticket for the meeting with Ukraine in Lyon on Thursday, June 16, with 11,000 tickets available for that game.

The IFA will now prioritise the applications, with those who bought tickets for the Euro 2016 qualifying fixtures, being at the top of the list.

Gary McAllister from the Amalgamation of Official Northern Ireland Supporters' Clubs, said: "The key figure for us is 8,500. That is the number of people who are campaign card holders or season ticket holders at international matches at Windsor Park.

"There are a few others who attend away games but don't go to Windsor Park. They, for us, are the important group because they're the people who have been regularly supporting the Northern Ireland team."

A further ticket application window will open between now and the finals in France, but that will only involve a small percentage of the overall tickets.

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