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Sunday 18 March 2018

GAA fans who buy resale tickets risk being shut out

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Dublin’s Paddy Andrews in action against Monaghan. Picture: Sportsfile

Alan O'Keeffe

Fans who paid over-the-odds for tickets on websites for Dublin's semi-final against Tyrone risk being turned away at the gates.

The GAA is cracking down on grossly inflated ticket prices touted on websites. GAA director of communications Alan Milton said fans who bought from touting websites risk not being allowed into the August 27 clash in Croke Park.

Tickets for the football semi-final sold out in less than five minutes. Official ticket prices were €30-€45 for adults, but on resale markets, tickets were being sold for as much as €207.

The Consumer Association of Ireland (CAI) called for a ban on the sale of tickets on websites for more than 10pc of the original price. That 10pc should be used only to fund a website service. But CAI chief executive Dermot Jewell said the GAA should have given more notice of the new strategy so fans could have decided to refuse to buy tickets touted on websites.

Dublin TD Noel Rock welcomed the GAA crackdown on such websites. He was "disgusted" to see tickets for the Dublin game being touted on websites for grossly inflated prices.

The "vast majority" of people want action taken against websites such as Seatwave, which is owned by Ticketmaster, he said.

A Ticketmaster spokesperson told the Irish Independent that Seatwave would refund any cancelled tickets.

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

"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," they said.

Irish Independent

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