Tuesday 25 April 2017

GAA have issued a stern warning to season ticket holders who 'falsify attendance records'

A general view of Croke Park
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

GAA officials have outlined plans to revoke the season tickets of those who have been found to have abused the system at venues around the country.

In a note to all season ticket holders, the GAA Ticket Office has highlighted problems that have been brought to their attention after the first two weekends of the League.

As part of the season ticket scheme, holders who attend 60pc of League and Championship matches are entitled to All-Ireland final tickets if their county is involved.

But clocking up that 60pc has, in some cases, led to sharp practice, with strangers being given tickets on the way into grounds for scanning purposes on behalf of absent holders and some patrons entering the ground on multiple occasions, again on behalf of absent holders so that they can get their 'credits'.

"The presentation of multiple season ticket cards or tickets for scanning at turnstiles in order to falsify attendance records for non-attending season ticket holders is strictly prohibited," the note to holders advised.

"Adults will not be permitted entry to a fixture using a juvenile (U-16) GAA season ticket card at match day venues.

"Similarly, GAA season ticket holders are not permitted to enter a ground using a season ticket card and then exit a ground in order to try and re-enter using a different season ticket card.

"We have witnessed such incidents and have also been informed by county boards, and by fellow season ticket holders that these types of incidents have occurred at multiple venues over the past two weekends.

"The above practices completely undermine the entire season ticket product and also undermine the GAA season ticket holders who have travelled, some of them huge distances, to attend a particular fixture.

"We have issued a directive on all county boards to note the details of any season ticket cards which are abused in this manner.

"If a GAA season ticket card within an account if found to be used in any of the aforementioned ways we will have no option to cancel all GAA season tickets within that account."

The email has not gone down well with some holders who have complained about its tone but the GAA's head of communications Alan Milton said the move has been well received by others.

Irish Independent

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