Rugby fans warned to snub web ticket rip-offs
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