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John Delaney Is Not The All-Conquering Hero He Was Claimed To Be Yesterday

John Delaney Is Not The All-Conquering Hero He Was Claimed To Be Yesterday
By PJ Browne
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It wasn't John Delaney after all.

It was you, well the 275,000 of you who made applications in hope of attending one of Ireland's three group stage games at Euro 2016.

On Tuesday, the FAI announced - mainly due to the awesome administrative abilities of John Delaney - that an extra allocation of 6,502 tickets were being made available for Irish fans.

The Football Association of Ireland is delighted to announce that following talks between FAI CEO John Delaney and UEFA, an extra allocation of tickets for EURO 2016 has been made available for Republic of Ireland supporters.

6,502 more tickets have been received will be for the three Group E games against Sweden (June 13), Belgium (June 18), and Italy (June 22).

FAI CEO John Delaney said today: "I am very happy to say that following meetings with Nyon, Switzerland last Friday UEFA have awarded Republic of Ireland fans with 6,502 more tickets.

"These tickets will go some way to satisfying the huge demand for Ireland matches at EURO 2016."

The FAI were not the only national association to receive an extra tranche of tickets this week. The IFA announced on Wednesday that an additional 4,058 tickets are being made available for their fans, while the Football Association of Wales have been given an extra 4,177 tickets.

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The IFA's explanantion for the extra allocation differs somewhat from the FAI's. Naively, no one at the governing body of Northern Irish football attempted to claim the glory.

Instead, they provided the simple reason that it was due to the huge demand for tickets shown by the fans.

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UEFA has today confirmed that Northern Ireland’s ticket allocation for the group games of EURO 2016 has gone up from 25,000 to 29,058, an increase of 4,058.

This follows the huge demand shown by Northern Ireland fans who applied for more than 50,000 tickets for the tournament.

UEFA has notified all Participating National Associations in recent days of their final quota for the group matches. The figures were adjusted based on the final number of ticket requests for each game and were aimed at maximising the number available to fans.

John Delaney, not the all-conquering hero he was claimed to be this time yesterday.

We doubt many are surprised.

Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

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