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Wednesday 22 August 2018

Fans' fury as Euros camp site scrapped

THOUSANDS of Green Army fans are fuming after it emerged the Irish Fan Village in Poland will not be going ahead after all.

The site near Poznan was set to accommodate around 9,000 supporters for the the Euro Championships.

But organisers have now informed pre-registered guests that they had experienced "technical difficulties" and could not fulfil demand.

Irish Fan Village only notified fans after the Herald contacted it to put to end weeks of speculation about the site.

Just over an hour after the Herald got in touch with the team behind the site, fans received the following email: "We regret that we must inform you that, despite our best efforts, the Irish Fan Village will not now be going ahead as planned.

"We unreservedly apologise for any and all inconvenience which you may have been caused."

Within minutes of the message going live, online users expressed their anger on the village's Facebook page.

"IFV never once stated that there was [a chance they would] fold, they were emailing me saying that everything was sorted and that they were just testing the booking system, they are a joke and now I have no camp site," one fan wrote.

"This was really my last chance of going. Staying here would be the cheapest and best option," another felt.

While some simply resorted to insults or rebranded the campsite, "the Irish clown village".

Dozens of fans contacted Carlsberg yesterday in the hope of securing a tent on their FanCamp in the city for the first Ireland match against Croatia on June 10.







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However, Carlsberg announced that their first booking phase had closed after just two days due to the huge demand.

Meanwhile, Krzysztof Schramm, of the Consulate of Ireland in Poznan, told the Herald that other options should become available to Irish fans within days.

"From what I understand, Poznan's universities are thinking about sending their students home early to use their houses of residences as accommodation for the fans coming over," he said.

"There are 100,000 students in Poznan and around half as many places in student residences so if they do open up a few thousands of these rooms to visitors, it would certainly solve this matter."

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