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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Irish fans plan FAI boycott over tickets

ANGRY Ireland supporters who were denied access to tickets for the Republic's Euro 2016 qualifier in Scotland next month are planning to hit the FAI in the pocket with a boycott.

The November 14th meeting of Scotland and Ireland at Parkhead will be one of the defining games of the campaign and up to 10,000 Ireland fans had inquired about attending, but the Scottish FA allocated only the required 5% of capacity (3,000 tickets) to Ireland supporters.

That figure has been known for some time but fans who had applied to the 'away ticket' portal on the FAI website were only informed last week if they had been successful, and a large group of regular supporters have been left without tickets, including many of the 450 fans who were in Georgia.

Some football associations (like Scotland) have a points/rewards system in place for tickets but the FAI ticket office does not appear to have an official points system in place.

Supporters group You Boys In Green (YBIG) has issued a strong statement, calling on the FAI to explain how tickets were allocated for this game. Some fans have proposed: to boycott of FAI merchandise; to not renew season tickets; to not purchase additional tickets for forthcoming games; and,"to withdraw support from current sponsors and partners of the FAI".

A statement from the YBIG website said: "Whilst site members do not advocate any form of protest that will harm the reputation of the Irish support, we support the decision of any users who decide to adopt any/all of the measures outlined above.

"We fully understand the views of many supporters who have communicated that they will be boycotting the upcoming friendlies as a result of this issue. Whilst these recommendations are made with a heavy heart, site members feel that the actions of the FAI and the lack of communication have left them with little choice."

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