Irish soccer fans could be targeted by Islamic State terrorists at Euro 2016 in France

Thousands of Ireland fans are set to travel to France this summer
Thousands of Ireland fans are set to travel to France this summer

Irish football fans could be caught up in the middle of orchestrated ISIS terrorist attacks at Euro 2016.

That’s according to security expert Nassar Kataw, who says that dozens of roles have yet to be filled for the tournament in France this summer and that Islamic State “sleeper agents” are applying for the jobs.

Thousands of Republic of Ireland supports are expected to travel to the French cities of Paris, Bordeaux and Lille to follow Martin O’Neill’s Boys in Green.

But according to a report in Saturday’s Irish Daily Star, Middle East terror expert Kataw says that vacant posts such as security guards, transport workers, airport co-ordinators and hotel and training ground supervisors have yet to be filled.

Mr Kataw said: “Euro 2016 is on the radar of ISIS. It would be a massive prize for them and the potential for attacks is great.

“From the grounds and hotels to the fan areas and the bars in every city there is a risk.

“But what would make any attack even more successful in propaganda terms for ISI would be if they could launch attacks from within.”

However, soccer supporter groups have encouraged fans to travel to the finals – as staying away would mean that the “terrorists win”.

Martin O'Neill's side have been drawn in Group E with Belgium, Italy and Sweden, who Ireland kick-off against on June 13 at the Stade de France in St Denis.