By Shaun Cronin
Ireland fans can breathe a sigh of relief today as UEFA has confirmed that Euro 2016 tickets applications made by Irish fans using debit cards WILL be processed.
There was consternation in recent days when fans were made aware of a clause in the terms and conditions suggesting only applications made using credit cards would be successful.
It was announced earlier this week that in excess of a quarter of a million tickets had been applied for across Ireland’s three Euro 2016 group stage games and an unknown number of these used a debit card rather than a credit card for the payment.
Despite the fact that the FAQs for the tickets said to use credit cards only, the system accepted debit cards and many people were unaware of the potential issue.
When fans realised they contacted the FAI, who said that the issue was with UEFA and there was nothing the national body could do to resolve it.
But today, UEFA has issued a statement saying that applications made by Irish fans using debit cards should be fine.
They told Newstalk.com: "The payment process with debit cards works in some countries (e.g. Ireland), but it cannot be guaranteed and that’s the reason why it is always suggested to use credit cards.
“We have successfully used exactly the same principle during the general public ticket sales phase in June/July 2015 without having any issues."
When asked to clarify if that meant Irish fans who paid with debit cards were unlikely to experience payment issues they said: "That's correct, provided there are sufficient funds” on the cards.
Good news for the many Ireland fans who saw their dreams of a trip to France in the summer slipping away.
Just remember to leave sufficient funds in the accounts!