No away fans permitted for Ireland’s September fixtures

25,000 set to attend Aviva Stadium but fans won’t be able to attend Portugal away game

25,000 could be at the Aviva Stadium for Ireland’s World Cup qualifiers in September. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

25,000 could be at the Aviva Stadium for Ireland’s World Cup qualifiers in September. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

 

Fifa and Uefa have confirmed no tickets will be sold to away fans for Ireland’s World Cup qualifiers in September.

Stephen Kenny’s side travel to play Portugal in Faro on September 1st - an attractive trip for Irish supporters - however no tickets will be available.

The FAI is hoping to welcome 25,000 fans to the Aviva Stadium for the home fixtures against Azerbaijan on September 4th and Serbia on September 7th.

With no away fans allowed, all of those tickets should go on sale to Ireland fans. An FAI statement read: “The Football Association of Ireland has received confirmation from FIFA and UEFA prohibiting the sale of tickets to away fans for Ireland’s upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Portugal in Faro and the games in Dublin against Azerbaijan and Serbia.

“Extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this decision applies to all visiting fans at the UEFA Preliminary Competition for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in the September international window as well as friendly matches next month.

“Following Government approval on the return of supporters to international football, the FAI is currently finalising ticket details for the 25,000 fans permitted to attend the home qualifiers against Azerbaijan on September 4th and Serbia on September 7th at the Aviva Stadium.

“The FAI will shortly communicate directly again with Club Ireland members and season ticket holders on the allocation of these tickets.”

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