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Charity match rush causes to crash crashed yesterday (Monday) after demand for a charity football match skyrocketed when tickets went on sale.

The website confirmed it faced ‘technical difficulties’ shortly after tickets went live due to a high volume of traffic.

The ticketing platform rebooted just an hour after it went down, and more than 25,000 tickets have already been sold.

The game between a Manchester United XI and an Ireland/Celtic XI at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on September 25, is in honour of Liam Miller (pictured), who won 21 caps for Ireland and passed away following a battle with pancreatic cancer on February 13.

More than 38,000 tickets in total are up for grabs to watch two star-studded line-ups. Football legends including Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Denis Irwin, Rio Ferdinand, Robbie Keane, Damien Duff and Stylian Petrov are all set to take part.

The match was originally due to take place at Cork City’s Turner’s Cross stadium, but all 7,000 tickets were quickly snapped up and the game was relocated to Pairc Ui Chaoimh following negotiations with the GAA.

All proceeds for the game will go towards Miller’s wife and young family and Marymount Hospice, where he died at the age of 36.

Roy Keane, who has organised the event, said the game will “celebrate Liam’s career and what he achieved in the game.”

Image: Peadar O’Sullivan