As tends to happen more often than should, a farcical situation emerged yesterday concerning tickets for the All Ireland semi-final replay between Dublin and Mayo. Thousands of fans were left disappointed when tickets for next Saturday's clash were sold out within minutes of going on sale.
Tickets.ie, the site which the GAA use for online sales was dogged with problems as fans complained of missing out on tickets through no fault of their own. Ticket outlets in Dublin and Mayo saw incredible demand for tickets which were sold on a first come first serve basis. There were reports that fans were allowed to buy as many tickets as they wanted, leaving many to worry that the majority would end up being sold for profit.
One day later and it seems that's exactly what's happening. These two €20 tickets were spotted on Done Deal with a price of €100 for the pair.
— All Things Mayo (@AllThingsMayo) August 31, 2015
All Things MAYO notified Done Deal who have since replied with a message that many fans will be happy to see.
@allthingsmayo Hi, we have reviewed ads, consulted with the GAA & decided not to allow the resale of All Ireland final & semi final tickets.
— DoneDeal.ie (@DoneDeal) September 1, 2015
Granted, this certainly does not solve the problem of thousands of fans being left without tickets through an unfair system but it is certainly a start.