Debit cards OK for Euro 2016 tickets

Soccer fans who used debit cards to apply for Euro 2016 tickets will have their applications processed, following an intervention by the FAI to the governing body of football in Europe, Uefa.

It had been feared that debit card applications would be rejected after it emerged the Euro 2016 FAQs section on the FAI website stated that only a credit card would be accepted.

However, following talks in Nyon, Switzerland, between Uefa and FAI chief John Delaney, Uefa agreed that debit cards will be accepted for ticket applications for Euro 2016.

“Even though the ticketing portal mentions that only credit cards are valid, debit cards work as well, provided there are sufficient funds on it,” said a Uefa spokesman.

Mr Delaney said: “I am delighted that Uefa has ceded to our requests to solve this potential difficulty for many Irish fans.”

The FAI and Uefa are now working together to approve all applications, which exceed 275,000 tickets for Euro 2016.

All applicants will learn if their application is successful or unsuccessful by February 29 at the latest.

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