Thousands of Republic of Ireland supporters can now officially look forward to travelling to France for this summer’s Euro 2016 tournament after receiving ticket confirmation on Friday afternoon.
Irish fans were waiting anxiously to see if money was taken out of their bank accounts for the tickets that they had applied for as UEFA started taking payments from successful Euro 2016 ticket applications.
Last month the FAI revealed that over 275,000 ticket applications were made for the Republic of Ireland's three group games through the UEFA ticketing portal, but there will be just 32,502 tickets available for those games.
And today, the FAI announced that a further 832 tickets have been released from UEFA for Republic of Ireland supporters.
John Delaney said today that the bid to free up more tickets for supporters will the number one priority for the FAI in the weeks and months ahead.
“We are continually in talks and correspondence with UEFA for more tickets, and this policy has proven successful up to now,” he said.
“There are still 2,000 extra tickets which we will draw on to try and satisfy those who have missed out on the current process.
“I’d like to thank UEFA for its work so far in freeing up more tickets, but we, of course, would like more.
“Republic of Ireland supporters will represent one of the biggest groups of supporters at EURO 2016, and accordingly we have a huge fan base to try to satisfy.”
Disappointed fans can still harbour hopes that their applications will be processed over the coming weeks as an FAI statement yesterday explained that “all applicants will be informed of their final status by 29 February at the latest".
Ireland’s opening game against Sweden was in the top three in terms of applications, alongside the clash of German and Poland, and Portugal v Austria.