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Laois fans caught up as Coronavirus forces Republic of Ireland Euros Playoff behind closed doors

The Republic of Ireland’s UEFA EURO 2020 Play-Off against Slovakia on March 26 will be played behind closed doors on the instruction of the Slovakian government.

The decision was relayed to the Football Association of Ireland by the Slovakian FA following a directive from their government.

All fans who purchased tickets for the game in Bratislava will be refunded.

For supporters with queries regarding refunds, please contact customer-relations@fai.ie

32 fans from the Laois Republic of Ireland Soccer Supporters Club were set to go to the game and have now been left disappointed.

Supporters from Stradbally, Portlaoise, Emo, Ballacolla, Ballyadams, Emo and Killenard were set to head to Slovakia.

While the cost of the tickets will be refunded by the FAI and the majority have booked places to stay on booking.com with free cancelation – the biggest problem will be the flights.

Some of the crew have flights booked in Vienna and Bratislava but as the government have not declared them as no fly zones, airlines are under no obligation to provide refunds for cancellations.

However, if the government change that decision, then they would be entitled to some sort of refund.

Ireland are set to face Slovakia in the Playoff semi final with the winner of that taking on Northern Ireland or Bosnia in the final for a place at Euro 2020.

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