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We value voice of Northern Ireland fans, say IFA in update over tickets

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Fighting back: Northern Ireland fans made their voices heard

Fighting back: Northern Ireland fans made their voices heard

Fighting back: Northern Ireland fans made their voices heard

The Irish FA have claimed they value the voice of Northern Ireland supporters after releasing a statement in relation to changes to match tickets for future internationals at Windsor Park.

The announcement from the governing body follows yesterday’s story in the Belfast Telegraph which outlined how spokesperson for the Amalgamation of Official Northern Ireland Supporters’ Clubs (AoNISC) Gary McAllister felt progress had been made on the thorny and controversial issue of ticket prices after a series of meetings with the IFA, the latest of which took place on Thursday.

Northern Ireland fans were fuming earlier this year at the price of tickets for World Cup qualifiers at home to Switzerland and Italy with costs upwards of £50 each.

The Green and White Army made their feelings known by chanting in protest at the IFA in a show of strength that concerned governing body officials.

Whether the changes in ticketing policy, revealed last night, will appease fans, time will tell. The initial reaction on social media wasn’t as positive as the IFA may have hoped.

The statement read: “The Irish FA board has considered issues raised by the Amalgamation of Official Northern Ireland Supporters’ Clubs and has agreed to a number of changes in relation to match tickets for the upcoming Uefa Nations League (in 2022) and European Championship games (in 2023) involving the Northern Ireland senior men’s team.

“(There will be) a further discount for Campaign Card holders from 18% to 20% in comparison to single match ticket prices, free access to the GAWA Official scheme for all Campaign Card holders, access to a £10 food and drink voucher to be used in the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park for those Campaign Card holders who purchased GAWA Official membership in 2021, £15 discount for every Campaign Card holder should the Northern Ireland senior men’s team qualify for Uefa Euro 2024.

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“These tickets will go on sale next year and we would like to acknowledge the positive discussions we have had with the Amalgamation of Official Northern Ireland Supporters’ Clubs. We value their voice in these matters.”

The AoNISC also released a statement. On ticket pricing, the supporters’ group said: “The pricing for the forthcoming Nations League campaign will be published in the weeks following the draw, however there will be a reduction in the average price paid by Campaign Card holders.

“The Campaign Card will cover both the Nations League and Euro 2024 qualifiers and will also include a friendly international.

“We believe that by having the Campaign Card cover a longer period, fans will be protected from a price increase for the Euro 2024 campaign and this will also reduce the amount paid in booking fees.

“We’ve also discussed the potential for Northern Ireland to be drawn in a group of five teams for the Euro 2024 qualifiers and that issue will be addressed should that happen.”

On the GAWA Official membership scheme, the AoNISC stated: “Although the scheme will remain in place, it will be included in the Campaign Card package at no cost.

“Those Campaign Card holders who joined ‘GAWA Official’ will receive a £10 reduction from the cost of their Campaign Card and also receive a £10 voucher to be used for the purchase of food or drink in the stadium.

“Campaign Card holders who decided to ‘freeze’ their tickets will be able to renew their Campaign Card, but won’t receive the £10 discount or voucher. Non Campaign Card holders who joined the scheme will be offered the opportunity to pay to renew their membership.”

The AoNISC added: “We believe these changes will be welcomed by the vast majority of fans, many of whom have shared their views with us.”

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