Rugby fans warned to snub web ticket rip-offs

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - EX­CLU­SIVE BY STEPHEN HAYWARD Con­sumer Cor­re­spon­dent

RUGBY fans have been warned not to risk buy­ing rip-off World Cup tick­ets from on­line touts on sites like StubHub and Vi­a­gogo.

Prices for the fi­nal have al­ready hit £22,000 – 29 times the face value. A £53 seat for Eng­land’s clash with France on Oc­to­ber 12 is for sale at £3,000.

And the dear­est £381 tick­ets for the open­ing game be­tween hosts Ja­pan and Rus­sia on Septem­ber 20 are be­ing of­fered for £9,219.

But rugby bosses say tick­ets resold by touts will be can­celled – leav­ing buy­ers out of pocket and un­able to see the match. Vi­a­gogo claims it is help­ing peo­ple who can no longer at­tend to pass on their tick­ets and set the value.

But cam­paign­ers say sell­ers are of­ten touts who buy as many as they can to re­sell at big mark-ups.

Last Novem­ber the High Court or­dered Vi­a­gogo and other sites to iden­tify users who sell more than 100 tick­ets a year.

Buy­ers must be told of the face value and if they risk be­ing turned away at the door.

Rugby chiefs of­fer a face-value re­sale ser­vice.

Nei­ther Vi­a­gogo or StubHub re­sponded to com­ment re­quests.

CAP­TAIN Eng­land’s Far­rell

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