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