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FAI to give Euro 2016 tickets to 'most loyal supporters'

Preference will be given Supporters Clubs, Season Ticket holders and Fans Direct members among others.

Ireland fans pictured during the Bosnia playoff at the Aviva Stadium.
Ireland fans pictured during the Bosnia playoff at the Aviva Stadium.
Image: Niall Carson

THE FAI SAY they will distribute the remaining Euro 2016 tickets to the “most loyal supporters” who initially missed out.

Uefa began the process of notifying fans of whether or not their application was successful last Friday, and the majority of supporters now know where they stand in relation to tickets.

Those supporters who were unsuccessful can forward their notification email from Uefa to euro2016@fai.ie in conjunction with their FAI account number and ticket details.

Preference will be given to Supporters Clubs, Season Ticket holders, Fans Direct members, as well as fans with a proven match attendance record. Supporters from affiliated football leagues will also be prioritised.

An FAI statement adds: “With over 275,000 ticket applications made by Ireland supporters for three Group E games (against Sweden, Belgium, and Italy) in this summer’s European Championships, it was impossible to meet every request. The FAI, therefore, implemented a ranking system to accommodate the most loyal supporters.

The FAI has 2,000 tickets in reserve, which were distributed by Uefa to all Participating National Associations. These tickets will be used to satisfy the demand from supporters with a proven match attendance record, who have missed out on securing tickets through the Uefa portal.

“The same ranking system used during the initial process will be in operation for this batch of tickets, so the most deserving supporters are selected.

Supporters can still avail of the re-sale platform, which will open in March and will be run directly by Uefa. Only registered members of the ticketing portal who attained tickets from the 2015 public portal (June 10 – July 10) are eligible to sell tickets. However, anyone can have access to the re-sale portal once the tickets become available.

“The FAI has made it a priority to free up more tickets for supporters and will remain in contact with Uefa over the coming days and weeks to secure as many tickets as possible for Ireland supporters.”

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