GAA cracks down on ticket resales for Dublin v Tyrone match

The organisation has cancelled tickets that were being resold for as much as four times their face values

GAA cracks down on ticket resales for Dublin v Tyrone match

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The GAA says it will not rule out ending its deal with Ticketmaster if touting continues to be a problem.

The organisation has cancelled a number of tickets for the Dublin v Tyrone All Ireland Football semi-final after they emerged on online re-sale sites - including the Ticketmaster-owned Seatwave - for as much as four times their face value.

Alan Milton, Director of Communications with the GAA, spoke to Newstalk Breakfast about the situation.

He explained that a 'double figure' amount of tickets have been cancelled over 24 hours, and says "this has the potential to escalate" ahead of the match later this month.

He said: "The fixture in question [...] doesn't take place until August 27th - so we're some way out. Interest in the game has been phenomenal.

"But far more concerning from out perspective has been the development which has seen tickets end up on Seatwave, which is a new development. This hasn't happened before."

He added: "Hill 16 tickets - [which cost] €30 - were going for between €65 and €95. Stand tickets that cost €45 ordinarily were on sale for between €95 and €189."

He suggested that individuals or platforms should not be allowed profit on the back of fans or the GAA's games.

"I think we're duty-bound to step forward and to take a stance on behalf of our members," Alan noted. "Anything we can do, we will do."

According to Alan, Ticketmaster currently gets a "small percentage" of the GAA's tickets, and his organisation has "made our feelings known in the strongest terms possible".

On the subject of potentially changing the GAA's relationships with Ticketmaster, Alan argued: "I don't want to preempt anything. There's more than the GAA involved in this particular discussion. I definitely would be keen to sit down with other sporting bodies and indeed other organisations affected negatively by it.

"I wouldn't rule that particular avenue out, but it's probably too early to say at this juncture."