Irish football fans ‘welcome to come again’: Danish police after play-off

Irish football fans 'welcome to come again': Danish police after play-off
Irish fans outside Parken. Photo: Jens Dresling/Polfoto/Ritzau
They did not make life easy for Denmark's national team on the pitch, but Copenhagen Police said that the Irish were exemplary visitors to the city for Saturday’s World Cup qualifying play-off.

Around 8,000 Irish fans are thought to have been in the Danish capital on Saturday.

“From a police perspective, Ireland are welcome to play at Parken again.

“No episodes were registered with football fans during the night. Thank you,” Copenhagen Police wrote on Twitter.

Extra flights were scheduled between Dublin and Copenhagen to enable fans to travel to Denmark for the match.

The majority had to make to with watching the action on television screens, though, with the Irish football association FAI having only been granted 2,300 tickets.

Enthusiastic fans could be seen and heard in many parts of Copenhagen throughout the day.

The city’s many Irish pubs were overflowing by Saturday morning, and Irish flags and patriotic singing were prominent on the Strøget main shopping street.

Both sides remain in with a good chance of making it to the World Cup after the match ended in a 0-0 draw.

The decisive return leg will be played in Dublin on Tuesday.

Saturday’s draw means Ireland remain unbeaten against Denmark at full international level since 1985.

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