Austrian couple stunned by Irish soccer fans’ kindness after robbery

An Austrian couple who had their match tickets and money stolen in Dublin were stunned when Irish soccer fans organised a whip-around for them.

Students Stefan Madlener, 22, and Valeria Lampert, 21, lost their tickets, bankcards, and cash when Valeria’s wallet was robbed on Wicklow St on Monday afternoon.

The Vienna University students tweeted about their bad luck and were stunned at the reaction from Irish fans who offered to help them out.

Fans on the ‘You Boys In Green’ forum called for a collection to replace the stolen money and the FAI stepped in and replaced the tickets.

It is understood the money pledged surpassed the money stolen — and so the remainder was donated to charity.

Speaking to RTÉ, the couple thanked Irish fans for their generosity. “We were really surprised.

“We never thought something like this would happen... They gave us tickets and extra money — incredible. Such kind people,” said Stefan.

It was the first time the couple, who are both from Vorarlberg in western Austria, attended an away game.

They chose to travel to Ireland as they had been blown away by how Irish fans celebrated in Poland at Euro 2012 last summer.

The Ireland Fans Embassy took to Facebook yesterday to put a happy ending to the story.

“Last night one of the YBIG posters met up with the lads and they were in a bar supping pints and recovering from their ordeal. All’s well that ends well, thanks again to the FAI and the quintessential decency from Irish fans on this issue. Brilliant.”

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