Sunday 4 December 2016

IRFU issues warning over soaring black market ticket prices

Published 16/11/2016 | 02:30

Jonathan Sexton is tackled by Malakai Fekitoa, left, and Waisake Naholo. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Jonathan Sexton is tackled by Malakai Fekitoa, left, and Waisake Naholo. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Rugby chiefs are to trace black market tickets for the Ireland-New Zealand match amid mounting anger over the outrageous prices they are being sold for.

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Interest in the rematch is at fever pitch following Ireland's historic victory in Chicago last week.

Touts and reseller websites have had a field day with black market ticket sales.

Tickets which originally sold for between €25 and €120 last July are now fetching between €375 and €800.

Genuine rugby fans admitted they were shell-shocked by the money being demanded.

Now, the IRFU have stepped in.

IRFU communications director Stephen McNamara stressed that fans should only buy tickets from official sources.

"When the IRFU becomes aware of tickets being resold above face value, we follow up with the original purchaser, where sufficient information is available to identify them, and request that they desist from the practice, or their ticket will be cancelled," he said.

However, one ticket reseller site, Viagogo, stressed that people who demanded "silly prices" usually did not sell them.

"Viagogo is a marketplace and provides a secure platform for people to buy and sell tickets.

"Sellers are free to advertise tickets at a price of their choosing and, for popular events, prices can be higher because there is a huge demand and limited supply.

"But tickets listed at silly prices rarely sell," it said.

Irish Independent

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