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Monday 11 December 2017

Rugby fans left higfh and dry by Leo'

SPORTS Minister LEO Varadkar has been accused of leaving rugby fans "high and dry" in the debacle over Ireland's postponed match against France.

Mr Varadkar should have raised the issue of compensating supporters with his French counterpart, Fianna Fail insisted today.

The game was aborted minutes before kick-off on Saturday night after referee Dave Pearson deemed the Stade de France pitch unplayable because of frozen conditions.

The Six Nations Council has rescheduled the game for March 4, with a kick-off time of 3pm (Irish time).

Having already splashed out on one trip to Paris, fans are faced with the prospect of digging deep again. Return flights to Paris Beauvais with Ryanair will cost at least €285, while Aer Lingus will be charging a similar price to go to Charles de Gaulle.

Fianna Fail's spokesman on Sport, Timmy Dooley, said: "It affects up to 5,000 fans who had tickets for last Saturday's match. [Mr Varadkar] should have contacted his counterpart Chantal Jouanno, the French Minister for Sport, to discuss what plans French authorities had to compensate fans who had tickets for Saturday's match," he said.

"It's not good enough for the minister to leave fans high and dry on this," Mr Dooley added.

No comment was received from the minister at the time of writing.

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