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'People that pay over the odds face a risk of not gaining admittance' - GAA take hard line against ticket touts

Independent.ie logo Independent.ie 11/08/2017 Jack O'Toole

In attendance at the announcement of GAA's New Ticket Sales Nationwide Network is former Donegal football manager Rory Gallagher, left, and Limerick hurler Declan Hannon. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE © Provided by Irish Independent In attendance at the announcement of GAA's New Ticket Sales Nationwide Network is former Donegal football manager Rory Gallagher, left, and Limerick hurler Declan Hannon. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE GAA Director of Communications Alan Milton has said that fans that have paid over the odds for next weekend's All-Ireland semi-final between Dublin and Tyrone face a real risk of not gaining admittance.

Tickets for the highly anticipated semi-final went on sale at 10am on Wednesday and sold out in less than five minutes. Official ticket prices ranged between €30-€45 for adults, however, on resale markets such as Seatwave and Viagogo, tickets were being sold for as much as €207.

In response, the GAA moved to cancel a number of tickets on Thursday with Milton confirming to Independent.ie that the number of tickets cancelled were in the 'double digit' range.

However, on Friday morning, the GAA's Director of Communications said that the association were planning further cancellations to tickets sold on the secondary market, and that fans who had paid for tickets above face value would face a real risk of not gaining entry to the sold out semi-final.

"In 24 hours we have cancelled into double figures," Milton told RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland programme.

"Between now and 27 August it’s fair to speculate that more cancellations will take place.

"To the people that have paid over the odds, they face a real risk arriving at Croke Park, into the Hogan Stand or Cusack Stand, that will not gain them admittance.

"They are taking a huge risk, both financially and also in gaining admittance to the stadium."

A Ticketmaster spokesperson told Independent.ie on Thursday that Seatwave would refund any cancelled tickets, which was followed by the following statement.

"Seatwave is a safe and secure marketplace where fans can buy and resell tickets, with all purchases backed by our industry-leading fan guarantee.

"Unfortunately, there are always going to be some fans who can’t get hold of the most highly sought-after tickets when they first go on sale, and Seatwave provides them with a chance to get hold of those most in-demand tickets.  Sellers set the prices of the tickets, not Seatwave.”

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