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And get­ting a semi-fi­nal ticket might be a strug­gle for Eng­land fans

- MATT LAW­TON Sports · England · England national football team

ENG­LAND’S fans are fac­ing a mad ticket scram­ble thanks to UEFA’s bizarre de­ci­sion to use a sta­dium with a ca­pac­ity of just 30,000 for their Na­tions League semi-fi­nal. Yes­ter­day’s draw here in Dublin left Gareth South­gate’s side fac­ing Hol­land in what will be the first com­pet­i­tive en­counter be­tween the coun­tries since Euro 96. But the choice of the Es­ta­dio Dom Afonso Hen­riques in Guimaraes for the clash on June 6 sparked im­me­di­ate con­cern among se­nior FA of­fi­cials. As Dutch boss Ronald Koe­man said: ‘A lot of English and Dutch peo­ple will travel.’ The win­ners will meet Por­tu­gal or Switzer­land in the fi­nal in Porto on June 9, but the FA were quick to is­sue a state­ment to fans yes­ter­day, con­scious that ac­cess to the semi-fi­nal game will be lim­ited. ‘Eng­land’s of­fi­cial ticket al­lo­ca­tion to these fix­tures will only be avail­able to Eng­land Sup­port­ers Travel Club mem­bers and we will be open­ing reg­is­tra­tion for these matches in due course,’ said the FA. ‘The fan­tas­tic sup­port of Travel Club mem­bers through­out the 2016-2018 cam­paign helped Eng­land reach last sum­mer’s FIFA World Cup semi-fi­nals and these UEFA Na­tions League fi­nals. Those who wish to fol­low Eng­land away and have the best chance of see­ing the Three Lions in Por­tu­gal next sum­mer can do so by join­ing the Travel Club. ‘Please note that tick­ets to all away matches, in­clud­ing these Na­tions League Fi­nals, will only be avail­able to Eng­land Sup­port­ers Travel Club mem­bers. Tick­ets will be lim­ited to one per mem­ber.’ Sales dates and ticket prices are still to be con­firmed by UEFA.

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