Cora Staunton has expressed disappointment that the build-up to the All-Ireland Ladies football final is being overshadowed by issues around ticket distribution.

The senior decider between Meath and holders Dublin takes place at Croke Park on 5 September with the attendance capped at a maximum of 40,000 due to current Covid-19 restrictions.

However, issues have arisen for supporters since tickets went on sale on Wednesday morning through the Ticketmaster website, with large queues online and further difficulties for many of those who got to the top of those queues.

It prompted the Ladies Gaelic Football Association to issue a statement on Wednesday: "The LGFA is also aware that many fans attempting to purchase tickets this morning are experiencing issues with the Ticketmaster system.

"The LGFA has no control over ticket sales - and all tickets must be purchased through Ticketmaster, to ensure compliance with Covid regulations.

"The LGFA is working with Ticketmaster to resolve any issues being experienced by spectators this morning."

Speaking to RTÉ's Morning Ireland, former Mayo All-Star Staunton said it was disappointing that the sale of tickets would now have to go through a manual system.

40,000 attended the All-Ireland hurling final on 22 August

"It's disappointing that nine days out from the biggest day in the ladies football calendar that we're talking about a saga and a ticket saga, so it's obviously disappointing," she said.

"I first heard it through social media on Wednesday when tickets were released and you could see that there were a lot of angry people on social media that they get to the top of the queue and they could be in a queue of 3,000 people and they get to the top of the queue and get re-directed back.

"And then later in the day, because I'm on the executive of our club here, I received an email, I think it was around 5.30pm on Wednesday evening, with the statement that it's gone through a manual system and the LGFA will obviously be dealing with tickets from there.

"It's disappointing, with the Ticketmaster there have been a few issues in relation to the men's match. I know the Dublin v Mayo match and the Offaly Under-20 match there had been a few technical difficulties but they have been able to be resolved."

Staunton added: "So it's disappointing that it has to go this way. We're not sure if it's to do with the regulations with Covid - and the tickets can only be bought in pods of twos and maximum of six tickets at a time.

"It's disappointing from a ladies football point of view that it's a story that's a negative rather than a positive leading into the biggest day of the Ladies football calendar."

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