Philip Quinn For The Irish Daily Mail

The FAI has successfully twisted UEFA’s arm to secure a 20 per cent increase in the ticket allocation for Ireland fans at the finals of Euro 2016.

Following talks in Nyon, an extra 6,502 tickets have been made available for the Republic of Ireland’s group games in France.

For the opening Group E game against Sweden in the Stade de France on June 13, there will be an additional 3,087 tickets for Ireland fans.

Irish supporters have been allocated 38,502 tickets — still well shy of the 275,000 ticket applications

Irish supporters have been allocated 38,502 tickets — still well shy of the 275,000 ticket applications

The allocation for the Belgium game in Bordeaux on June 18 will be topped up by 1,095 tickets, while the Group E finale against Italy in Lille will see an extra 2,320 tickets for the Green Army.

‘These tickets will go some way to satisfying the huge demand for Ireland matches at Euro 2016,’ said FAI chief executive John Delaney.

The windfall brings the total number of tickets for Irish supporters to 38,502 — still well shy of the 275,000 ticket applications.

UEFA will decide on the distribution of 32,502 of these tickets by ballot before February 29, leaving the FAI to allocate the balance of 2,000 tickets per game given to every participating nation.

The FAI has secured a 20 per cent increase in the ticket allocation for Ireland fans at the finals of Euro 2016

The FAI has secured a 20 per cent increase in the ticket allocation for Ireland fans at the finals of Euro 2016

The Association insists those tickets will go to ‘unsuccessful applicants with a proven match attendance track record’ and to the “Football Family”.

With the ticket top-ups, it means there will be an official 18,087 Irish fans at the Stade de France, 9,095 in Bordeaux and 11,320 in Lille — more can be expected as Irish fans are among the most resourceful.

The UEFA concession reflects the huge interest by Irish fans in the finals.

Meanwhile, Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has ‘not ruled out’ the possibility of playing a pre-finals friendly against Northern Ireland.

At the moment, Ireland have a Dublin send-off against Holland on May

27 before heading into camp prior to the finals, which leaves little scope for fitting in another game prior to facing Sweden in the French capital.

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