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Saturday 16 December 2017

Fans blast the FAI over big match ticket fiasco

John Delaney, FAI chief executive
John Delaney, FAI chief executive

angry Ireland fans have insisted that the ticket fiasco surrounding the vital Euro 2016 qualifier in Celtic Park in two weeks time is solely down to how the tickets were distributed by the FAI.

FAI chief John Delaney blasted the Scottish FA for the shortfall in tickets for the crunch game that has meant many regular Ireland away fans will miss out on the trip to Glasgow.

Delaney branded the SFA's behaviour "a joke", insisting they should have offered Ireland more than the five per-cent they did.

"The most annoying thing for us is the Scottish FA told us a few weeks ago that it was sold out and they wouldn't increase their allocation," Delaney said. "But they haven't been sold out and they were selling them right up until yesterday in the Scottish end."

But Ireland fans last night said that the real issue is how the 3,200 tickets were distributed.

"All the FAI need to do is implement a clear and transparent ticketing policy and allocation system," a statement released through fan group YouBoysInGreen.ie read.

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