Irish fans not allowed to attend World Cup qualifier with Portugal in Faro

It’s been confirmed that no Irish fans will be allowed to attend the World Cup qualifier against Portugal next month.

The game is set for Faro on September 1st, with a large number of Irish supporters originally expected to attend the game.

However in a statement released by the FAI this morning, the association say they have received confirmation from both FIFA and UEFA that ticket sales to away supporters for the game are prohibited.

The rule is also in effect for the games in Dublin against Azerbaijan and Serbia.

The statement reads:

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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