Belfast Telegraph

Republic of Ireland followers face anxious wait for Euro 2016 tickets

By Graham Luney

Republic of Ireland fans are anxiously awaiting Euro 2016 ticket news after many Northern Ireland supporters flew into a rage after missing out this week.

Republic fans will find out tomorrow if they have been successful in their ticket application for Euro 2016.

A total of 275,000 applications were received from supporters for the three group games in France, however fans are fearing they will end up empty handed after the Green and White Army slammed the ticket application process.

Uefa will make 930 extra tickets available to Northern Ireland fans who are ranked near the top of the Irish FA's 'priority list' for the Poland game.

Many Republic fans are also expected to be disappointed as a large number of followers applied for all of the games but it's likely that the FAI will ask for more tickets

As it stands, 16,087 fans will be accommodated for the June 13 opener with Sweden in the Stade de France. A further 7,095 will get tickets for the Belgium match in Bordeaux on June 18. Just under 10,000 will secure a pass for the closing match with Italy in Lille on June 22.

The FAI did forward information to Uefa about supporters that should be prioritised based on their travel record and affiliation to supporters' clubs and schemes.

Meanwhile, former Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce says he has plenty of sympathy with the loyal Northern Ireland fans who have been left out in the cold.

"I have a great deal of sympathy with Northern Ireland fans who have not received tickets for the Euro 2016 games," said Boyce, honorary vice-president of the Irish FA.

"Several of them have been in contact with me over the last couple of days and they are extremely disappointed.

"Many Northern Ireland fans who have spent a lot of money over the years to watch the team at Windsor Park and around the world have not been successful in their application for tickets and that is obviously difficult to take for them. I sincerely hope as many fans as possible who want to go to France to support Northern Ireland end up with tickets."

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