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Football fans vote with feet for friendly match

THE FAI is set to review its ticket pricing structure after last night's match against Uruguay at the Aviva.

Following last week's UEFA television deal which will pay off the FAI's loan for the new stadium, it's expected ticket prices will come down for future international friendlies.

More than half the seats were empty for what should have been a top drawer tie match against 'La Celeste', on the back of their World Cup success last summer.

Just 20,000 fans turned up to watch a highly positive performance against the South Africa 2010 semi-finalists -- well below the 50,000 capacity.

The FAI is aware that times are tough for fans, and with a match already played last weekend, many fans simply cannot afford two outings in four days.

The image of so many empty green plastic seats all around the stadium and the availability of general admission tickets for €30 and €45 will force a rethink by John Delaney and the FAI.

To his immense credit, Delaney has secured the future for Irish football with that stunning €40 million TV rights deal with UEFA, allowing him now to examine the ticketing problems.