There have been scenes of absolute chaos ahead of Sunday’s All Ireland semi-final replay between Galway and Clare as fans attempt to purchase tickets for the eagerly awaited showdown in Thurles.
The GAA confirmed that the replay between the two teams would take place in Semple Stadium in Thurles in the hours that followed their first meeting, a thrilling contest that saw both sides come out even after 100 minutes of action.
Saturday’s match saw 54,000 people arrive in Croke Park to watch as both sides registered 1-30 on the scorelines.
Semple Stadium can hold just over 46,000 people – something that has caused some understandable outrage amongst the fans.
To make matters worse, the GAA have announced that they would not be distributing tickets through the country boards and clubs – leaving physical purchases in shops and the internet as the only way to get them.
On Monday evening, all stand tickets for next Sunday’s replay officially sold out.
Clare County Board Chairman Joe Cooney spoke to RTE about the chaos the GAA’s decision has caused.
“We found out this morning at about half ten in an email from Croke Park.
“It is a joke, there are a lot of genuine supporters out there especially elderly people who can’t go online to order their tickets.
“I believe there are big queues, I was talking to a man who had to wait two hours online before his turn came around.”
Fergal Horgan from Tipperary has been confirmed as the referee.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena