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Sunday 26 January 2020

GAA cracks down on touts as tickets for semi cancelled

The exterior of Croke Park.
The exterior of Croke Park.
Ryan Nugent

Ryan Nugent

The GAA insists it is doing everything it can to crack down on ticket touting and is into double figures on the number of tickets cancelled for the All-Ireland semi-final between Dublin and Tyrone.

General sale tickets swiftly sold out on Wednesday, with a number of those purchased ending up online on re-sale site Seatwave for four times the price.

It is understood that up to 28,000 tickets were made available for general sale.

A spokesman for the GAA told the Irish Independent that it was currently in negotiations to have GAA tickets removed from Seatwave.

However, the spokesman would not say if the cancelled tickets would be re-issued by the GAA.

In a submission to an Oireachtas Committee earlier this year, the GAA called for stronger legislation on ticket touting, saying that current laws do not reflect the technology changes in the past two decades.

It said that touting in its various forms should be classified as criminal activity.

Fine Gael TD Noel Rock has praised the latest action taken by the association. "I am glad to see the GAA's proactive stance in the battle against ticket touts," he said.

"Like every fan, I was disgusted to see tickets going on offer far above face value yesterday - only hours after they had gone on sale," he added.

Irish Independent

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