Good news, Ireland fans! UEFA are now accepting debit card when applying for European Championship tickets

FAI chief John Delaney says he made the request to European football's governing body

Good news, Ireland fans! UEFA are now accepting debit card when applying for European Championship tickets

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UEFA have confirmed that they will accept debit cards from Irish fans applying for tickets to this summer's European Championships in France.

Many supporters hoping to purchase tickets for Euro 2016 games were informed by European football's governing body after the application deadline, that a credit card must to be used.

The FAI today say that after talks with with the powers that be in Nyon, that debit cards will now be permitted when applying for the championship's most sought after tickets.

“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.

“We have successfully used exactly the same principle during the general ticket sales phase in June/July 2015 without any issues.”

More than 270,000 Irish fans have applied for tickets for the campaign.

“I am delighted that UEFA has ceded to our requests to solve this potential difficulty for many Irish fans,” FAI chief John Delaney says. 

All successful applicants will be notified by UEFA at the beginning of February.

Martin O'Neill's side will face world number-one ranked side Belgium, Italy and Sweden in the group stages.