FAI to look into Scottish ticket distribution ahead of Parkhead clash

John Delaney reassures Irish fans as 10,000 express interest in going to game

FAI chief executive John Delaney has written to a number of Irish fans to say he is looking into the distribution of tickets for next month's game in Scotland after many regulars at away games complained that they had been overlooked.

The association informed many applicants on Friday that they would not be getting tickets for the November 14th game, which has taken on added importance in the wake of Ireland’s win in Georgia and draw in Germany.

About 10,000 supporters are said to have expressed an interest in the 3,200 tickets allocated to the FAI by the Scots, which slightly exceeds the normal 5 per cent capacity share to visiting associations for international.

Many supporters, though, feel they have been overlooked to facilitate sponsors and travel agents who also have a greater-than-usual interest in obtaining tickets for the game.

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Abbey Travel says it was inundated with inquiries about the Scotland game after the Germany draw.

Angry fans

Angry fans have been attempting to gather information, through various social media, on how many have missed out and how many of these have a strong record of travelling to support the team. A number also contacted Delaney directly.

On Saturday evening he replied to some: “Thanks for the mail and I have received some others. Let me look into this and the others and we will revert. I will be doing my best as I appreciate the efforts you and others take to follow the team.”

The Irish Times was not able to get a comment from the association last night. Sligo Rovers have formally confirmed the appointment of Owen Heary as the club's new manager. The Dubliner joins from Bohemians on a two-year contract.

Emmet Malone

Emmet Malone

Emmet Malone is Industry and Employment Correspondent at The Irish Times