O’Neill and Keane fail to lure Irish fans to Poland


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THE FAI have confirmed only 200 Irish soccer fans have purchased tickets for tonight’s international friendly in Poland tonight.

The game, to be played in Poznan, will be the first away game for Ireland’s new managerial team of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane.

The figure pales in comparison to last summer when 35,000 Irish fans invaded the streets of the city, home to two of Ireland’s European Championship group games.

An FAI spokesperson stated the organisation were not disappointed at the lack of ticket sales as the game comes at the end of a six month period of away international matches.

The vast majority of tickets were sold before O’Neill’s unveiling as Giovanni Trapattoni’s successor at the beginning of November.

The spokesperson said: “We understand that at this time of the year, particularly after a string of away fixtures, people will be unable to attend”.

In the past six months Ireland have travelled abroad to Cardiff and London for friendlies, as well as World Cup qualifying games in Germany and Austria.

Reports in Poland after the fixture was announced suggested Ireland would receive 10,000 tickets for the game.

The FAI would not disclose the allocation of tickets received from the Polish FA.

Ronan Morissey