UEFA EURO 2020
Incredibly disappointing news, UEFA are cancelling all Follow My Team Tickets for the knockout games.
Considering the location for most knock-out matches is unknown until completion of the group-stage, and the existing significant travel restrictions, UEFA has decided to cancel and refund all Follow My Team tickets.
Importantly, the quota of Follow My Team tickets for the knockout stage matches will remain reserved for fans of the qualified teams, which will (subject to the rules of the respective fan clubs) still give them the opportunity to purchase tickets at a later stage, should their team progress and should travel restrictions permit them to reach the match venue at short notice."
In reply to Richard Charlesworth:
The definition of a Follow My Team ticket is :
a PNA Allocation Ticket to a Knock-out Match, the issue of which is dependent on the applicable PNA’s progress to that round.
PNA = Participating National Association
So we're talking here about knock out match tickets issued through the FA to ESTC members. Group matches are not affected. Neither are tickets to knock out matches issued through the UEFA ballots.
In reply to David Lilley:
In reply to Richard Holland:
FIFA has a Follow My Team option through the general public sales channel for World Cups but I don't think UEFA has one for the Euros. UEFA publishes a separate set of ticketing T&Cs for tickets sold through the PNAs and through the general ballots. There is no definition or mention of follow my team tickets in the general ballots version.
I had flights booked to Dublin, Copenhagen, Rome and St Petersburg. I was prepared to take the hit if we didn't qualify for those matches. (Obviously, we couldn't qualify for all of them.) Now, I also risk taking a hit if we do qualify and I don't get my cancelled tickets back. But if I try to unravel the flights and later I do get a ticket to 1/2 of these matches then I've cancelled flights that I needed. We had until Monday to submit our tickets for cancellation and refund. We know there are risks associated with host country entry restrictions linked to the coronavirus situation. Why can't UEFA treat us like adults and let us make our own decisions about what risks to take ?
Looking particularly at England fans, it is ridiculous to cancel our 'Follow My Team' tickets to any match taking place at Wembley, since we don't have to cross any national borders to get there. We should have been allowed to keep our R16, SF and Final tickets.
Isnt this the key passage:
hence we now just need to wait for the ESTC to decide if:
All those who initially applied are still guaranteed the same tickets with no further ballot or changes allowed. (This has the disadvantage that some tickets may not get taken up as some members cannot make the matches now).
Whether there will be a further ballot based on the existing 70/30 rules which can include only 2018/20 members who applied last time with their previous choices (This will cheese off those who applied wrongly last time).
Whether there will be a further ballot based on the existing 70/30 rules which can include only 2018/20 members who applied last time with their new choices. (This will cheese off those who applied wrongly last time even more).
Whether there will be a further ballot based on the existing 70/30 rules which can include any 2018/20 members irrespective of if they applied last time. (This will cheese off those who applied correctly last time).
Whether any further ballot excludes people who've cancelled their tickets themselves? (This will cheese off people who cancelled and now realise they can go to matches).
Lots of work for the ESTC team trying to get to a fair and decent solution for the fans and one which works for them too.
In reply to Matthew Isle:
In reply to Andrew Dixon:
Andrew Dixon...... surely they can set up an exclusive link valid for say 24/48 hrs for those people as England qualify for each stage so they can buy them back?
That's a promising suggestion, except that it would be UEFA who would have to set up the link as all payments are directly to them, not through the ESTC. UEFA might perceive a risk that some tickets would go unsold as members don't take up the option.
Is there any way you could check whether that's what UEFA have in mind and, if not, suggest it to them.
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