Bao says fans are responsible for using their ticket

Vera Bao said Irish Republic supporters had a “responsibility” to use their tickets after empty seats appeared in last Thursday’s clash with Finland, which was described as a betrayal.

An attendance record of 6,952 people watched Ireland gain a 1-0 victory that sent them to the World Cup qualifiers at Tallaght Stadium, which seats up to 8,000 spectators, but empty seating areas on the ground frustrated Pau and those fans who were. They were forced to watch on TV because they couldn’t get a ticket.

More than 2,000 tickets have been allocated to children through the Clubs/Schools initiative. The rest went on public sale.

It is accepted that there would be a natural decrease in the number of fans not attending matches due to a variety of reasons – 5% to 10% in general – but the shortage was even higher and it has raised questions. On Thursday, the Football Association confirmed to RTÉ Sport that they intend to review the reasons behind any non-attendance.

“I think it was a difference [who didn’t show] “Because there were a series of open chairs,” Bao said, speaking from Slovakia ahead of Tuesday’s qualifier.

“They bought tickets, but they didn’t show up. It’s a real shame because there are thousands of girls who wanted to come.

“Every ticket is sold out. What do you do? Our marketing department deals with it, but what do you do? We want to make it available to everyone. You can make tickets more expensive but then you put a lot of pressure on people who probably don’t have that much.” [money] Available.

“You want everyone to be able to attend.

“My honest feeling is that it’s up to the decency of the people who buy tickets, that they know there are thousands of girls crying at home because they can’t go to the stadium.

“You are responsible when purchasing a ticket.”

Vera Bao (right) with Louise Quinn in Slovakia

Ireland will directly enter the second round of qualifying as one of the top three seeded teams if they beat Slovakia, who drew with Ireland and Finland in this qualifying campaign.

Jimmy Fane has been suspended while Megan Connolly, Niamh Fahi and Rocha Little John are injured.

Shelburne’s Jesse Stapleton and West Ham United’s Isabel Atkinson have both been called up, while Wexford Youth midfielder Oibahn Clancy has been selected to bolster Pau’s options.

The manager replied “confident” when asked how she was feeling before the game.

“We had a huge emotional explosion on Thursday. The most important thing is to get back to the ground… We don’t win a game without a fight. That’s the biggest job. We don’t do it with pressure.

“We also have to realize that we are missing a few players. Megan Connolly, Roisha [Littlejohn] Of course, Niamh Fahey and Jimmy Finn are arrested. We need to find some solutions.

“We don’t underestimate Slovakia. They are a very good football team. They have a good sense of positional play, they have execution skills in small spaces, there are a lot of street footballers in their team, so they are very mobile. He is a very dangerous opponent and we are ready. completely “.

The Republic of Ireland squad

goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (Everton), Grace Moloney (Reading), Megan Walsh (Brighton & Hove Albion), Yves Padana (DLR Waves)

Defenders: Harriet Scott (Birmingham City), Claire O’Rordan (Celtic), Diane Caldwell (Reading), Louise Quinn (Birmingham City), Jesse Stapleton (Shelbourne), Hayley Nolan (London City Lyons), Chloe Mustaki (Bristol City), Megan Campbell ( Liverpool), Shane O’Gorman (Pamount United).

Midfielders: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Dennis O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Ciara Grant (Hearts), Lily Age (London City Liones), Ellen Molloy (Wexford Youths), Jess Zeo (West Ham United), Lucy Quinn (Birmingham City) Isabelle Atkinson (West Ham United), Eiben Clancy (Wexford Youth)

Attackers: Heather Payne (Florida State University), Amber Barrett (FFC Turbine Potsdam), Lianne Kiernan (Liverpool), Abby Larkin (Shelburn), Saoirse Noonan (Durham WFC)

Follow the Slovakia vs Republic of Ireland match on our live blog on RTÉ.ie/sport and the RTÉ News app, watch the live broadcast on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player or listen to the national commentary on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra.