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GAA to deny entry for above face value tickets

The GAA has cracked down on touts for the All-Ireland hurling final on Sunday, warning fans that they could be denied access with tickets that have been sold for greater than face value.

The game has been in high demand, with Limerick taking on current champions Galway at the 82,300-capacity Croke Park. Terrace tickets are priced at €40 and stand tickets at €80.

The association said it would cancel any tickets bought online for more than their original price.

“Tickets for GAA All-Ireland finals are distributed directly to our clubs and county committees,” a spokesman said. “Tickets being sold in excess of face value on touting websites that are brought to the attention of the GAA will be automatically cancelled.

“The association also routinely monitors ticket-touting websites and, where possible, endeavours to establish the original source of the tickets, taking action where necessary.”

Noel Rock, a politician who campaigned for anti-touting legislation in Ireland, welcomed the GAA’s decision. He said, according to The Times: “To prevent the extortion of true sports fans I hope this will lead to more of our sports organisations taking similar steps for any future events in Ireland, or events abroad which have an implication for Irish fans, such as the Olympic Games.”

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