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FAI forced into embarrassing U-turn day before Ireland’s friendly vs Switzerland

FAI forced into embarrassing U-turn day before Ireland’s friendly vs Switzerland

THE FAI rolled the dice before Ireland’s double-header against Belgium and Switzerland – and have now been forced into an embarrassing climb-down.

Tickets for the pair of friendlies were only available to purchase as a bundle.

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The Boys in Green put on an encouraging display on Saturday, however, Belgium were a rather disinterested opposition
FAI CEO Jonathan Hill is under scrutiny for a myriad of reasons at the moment

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FAI CEO Jonathan Hill is under scrutiny for a myriad of reasons at the moment
Interim boss John O'Shea is expected to ring the changes for Tuesday's 7:45 pm kick-off

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Interim boss John O’Shea is expected to ring the changes for Tuesday’s 7:45 pm kick-off

This is part of an Association policy which has been in use for a few years now – but still irks the majority of supporters.

As well as a lack of flexibility, it alienates those who live outside of Dublin as not everyone can easily get in and out of the capital on a Tuesday night.

Despite being the A-side of this month’s international window, Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Belgium only drew 38k attendees.

And there is more than a smidgen of scepticism around that official attendance figure among those who were at The Aviva Stadium for it.

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Clearly, ticket sales for Tuesday evening’s visit of Switzerland are not faring too well as the FAI has now made single-match tickets available to buy.

An adult ticket will set you back €35 while a child’s is set at €25.

The 42’s Gavin Cooney flagged the fairly embarrassing reversal of policy on the part of Abbotstown chiefs.

And the replies to his tweet gave a snapshot of the disgruntled mood among the Irish fanbase.

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Sean queried: “I wonder how many bought the bundle knowing they were never able to get to the Switzerland game.

“Can you confirm how the 38,000 attendance at Belgium game is calculated because I don’t think there were that many at the game.

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“The premium level had many sections empty and upper.”

While another supporter fumed: “Package was two fingers to any Irish fan who lives outside greater Dublin.

“And FAI have got their answer. An inept clueless organisation who can’t get out of their own way.”

Lastly, another person outlined how it’s especially annoying to be asked to stump up for a pair of games when they’re not even competitive ones.

“Bundle tickets for friendlies, the FAI are just a brutal organisation.

“It costs a small fortune for some families to travel to just one of the games.”