A Liverpool fan from Derry with a ticket for Saturday’s Champions League closing fears lacking the sport due to a “gut-wrenching” anticipate a brand new passport.
Bryan Rosborough despatched his British passport for renewal in mid-April.
Since then, Liverpool reached the ultimate after which Bryan was profitable within the membership’s poll for closing tickets.
The Passport Workplace says most functions are accomplished inside 10 weeks.
“I ought to be residing the dream however I’m solely enthusiastic about the passport,” Bryan mentioned.
A surge in British passport functions is threatening the vacation plans of households throughout the UK.
It’s now a race in opposition to time for Bryan, one which should see his passport arrive earlier than Friday or he’ll miss the journey to Paris the place Liverpool face Actual Madrid on Saturday night time.
Chatting with BBC Radio Foyle’s Mark Patterson Present, Bryan, a member of the Waterside Liverpool Supporter’s Membership, mentioned his passport had been resulting from expire in August.
With summer time vacation plans in thoughts, and conscious of points for passport functions, he determined to plan nicely forward.
With Liverpool nonetheless within the competitors’s quarter closing stage, he despatched off the applying, “by no means pondering I might achieve success in getting a ticket for the ultimate”.
Now Bryan, a postman, anxiously awaits every morning’s mail.
“I ought to be overjoyed, however it’s laborious to be,” he mentioned.
He’s made quite a few calls, despatched a number of emails to the Passport Workplace – he’s been instructed any extra emails could delay his utility additional.
No possibility has been left unexplored to get him to the sport, he mentioned.
“I’ve all the time held a British passport.
“I went to politicians on each side of group and I enquired about an Irish passport however I used to be instructed it’s going to be or roughly the identical process.
“At this level I might take both or, I might need to go to Paris in a canoe,” he mentioned.
A spokesman for the Passport Workplace instructed BBC Information NI anybody making use of for a passport ought to enable as much as 10 weeks as a result of “elevated demand, which has seen 5 million folks delay their passport utility as a result of pandemic”.
The spokesman added: “The overwhelming majority of functions are accomplished inside 10 weeks, with the most recent figures displaying 90% have been accomplished inside six weeks.
“However we can’t compromise safety checks and folks ought to apply with loads of time previous to travelling”.
With lodging and flights booked – Bryan and two of his fellow supporters membership members are resulting from fly from Dublin to Paris on Saturday morning – the lifelong fan nonetheless holds out hope the passport will are available in time.
Liverpool fan’s anxious passport anticipate Champions League closing was final modified: Could twenty fifth, 2022 by