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UEFA will now accept debit cards from Irish fans applying for Euros tickets, FAI say

FAI chief John Delaney says he made the request.

On the road again: Colourful Irish fans at the 2012 tournament.
On the road again: Colourful Irish fans at the 2012 tournament.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

EUROPEAN FOOTBALL’S GOVERNING body has tonight confirmed that they will accept debit cards from Irish fans.

Many supporters hoping to purchase tickets for next summer’s Euro 2016 games in France were informed by UEFA after the application deadline, that a credit card had to be used.

The FAI say that after talks with football chiefs in Nyon, debit cards can be used.

“Even though the ticketing portal mentions that only credit cards are valid, debit cards work as well provided there are sufficient funds on it,” confirmed a UEFA spokesman.

“We have successfully used exactly the same principle during the general ticket sales phase in June/July 2015 without any issues.”

Over 270,000 Irish fans have applied for tickets for a campaign that sees Martin O’Neill’s side take on Belgium, Sweden and Italy.

“I am delighted that UEFA has ceded to our requests to solve this potential difficulty for many Irish fans,” FAI chief John Delaney says. 

All successful applicants will be notified by UEFA at the beginning of February.

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