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DoneDeal bans selling of GAA match tickets

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Mayo and Dublin fans will again pack out HQ on Saturday
Mayo and Dublin fans will again pack out HQ on Saturday

GAA fans desperate to get their hands on tickets for the All-Ireland football semi-final replay and All-Ireland hurling final this weekend will not be able to source them on DoneDeal the company has confirmed.

There has been unprecedented demand for the Dublin/Mayo replay, with thousands left fuming after a day of ticket chaos yesterday left thousands unable to secure precious passes for Saturday's do-or-die All Ireland semi-final replay.

As supporters rushed to secure a ticket for the eagerly-awaited clash, they were left reeling after "technical difficulties" saw the GAA's online system collapse, leaving thousands unable to complete tickets purchases.

Incredibly, at the same time, those who queued to buy tickets from an official GAA outlet in Dublin city were allowed to buy as many as they liked.

With a greater demand than supply for Sunday's hurling showpiece between Galway and Kilkenny, many supporters have taken to noticeboards and classifieds websites in an effort to source match tickets.

DoneDeal, Ireland's largest classifieds website has stated it will not allow the resale of tickets on the website and urged users to report any such ads that are in breach of their rules.

Tickets for the highly-anticipated replay were priced by the GAA at €20 for Hill 16, €30 for the stands and €5 for children.

One online seller was offering eight tickets in the Upper Hogan Stand for sale and five more in the Cusack Stand Upper and was seeking €80 each - a €50 mark-up per ticket.

One fan on Gumtree is offering to pay €400 for four premium tickets for the match, while another is offering €150, or a "reasonable amount above face value" to watch events unfold in Croke Park.

Via Declan Whooley/Independent.ie