GAA urged to ditch Ticketmaster over touting controversy

Tickets for the Dublin/Tyrone All Ireland semi-final have appeared online at extortionate prices

GAA urged to ditch Ticketmaster over touting controversy

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The GAA is facing calls to stop using Ticketmaster.

It’s after a number of tickets for the Dublin/Tyrone All Ireland semi-final appeared online at extortionate prices.

The GAA has since cancelled the tickets.

The Dublin vs Tyrone All-Ireland semi-final on August 27th is one of the most anticipated matches of the year.

However, soon after tickets went on sale they began appearing on re-selling websites like Seatwave at hugely inflated prices.

GAA director of communications, Alan Milton said it is "very disappointing that this pattern of behaviour has switched from concert events to sporting events."

"Of course it is not just the GAA," he said. "But I think we are duty-bound to step forward and take a stance on behalf of our members.

"Anything we can do, we will do."

While Seatwave is not an official retailer for the GAA, its parent company Ticketmaster does receive a ticket allocation.

One GAA fan club has responded to the controversy by calling on the association to cut ties with the global ticket sales giant.

Richie Larkin, the administrator of the ‘All Dublin GAA Fans’ Facebook page said that is "the only way you are going to stop online touting."

"It is the only way you can stop white-collar touting because that is what it has become online," he said. "It is an easy way to do it."

He called for tickets to only be available through clubs, for season ticket holders and at the ticket office near Croke Park adding that it should not be this hard for fans to support their county.

"I speak on behalf of an awful lot of supporters out there and I am sure they will be agreeing as they listen to this," he said.

"Give it back to the club houses, give it to Dorset Street and set up a loyalty system where throughout the campaign from the O'Byrne Cup right through, we can get a stamp and we can prove that we have been there all year and we deserve to be there with our county and our team.

The GAA has said it has not ruled out ending its deal with Ticketmaster if touting continues to be a problem.

The association warned that people that purchased tickets on unofficial sites like Seatwave may not gain access to the semi final.