Wednesday 20 September 2017

IRFU issues ticket warning for sold-out England match after fans complain of website scams

In one instance a supporter was scammed twice in two separate transactions on two different websites.

The IRFU has urged fans not to buy tickets from unofficial sources for the sold out Six Nations match against England this weekend.
The IRFU has urged fans not to buy tickets from unofficial sources for the sold out Six Nations match against England this weekend.
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

The IRFU has urged fans not to buy tickets from unofficial sources for the sold out Six Nations match this weekend after a number of fans have said they were victims of ticket scams.

The union is warning that tickets sold above face value may even be cancelled, as the scramble continues to get a seat at the top-of-the-table showdown.

Since tickets sold out before Christmas, online sites have begun posting match ticket offers for a hefty price, with some valuing their premium tickets at close to €2,000.

Unofficial sources are selling on a range of sites - with an upper-tier seat setting fans back by at least €400.

The original market selling price for tickets was €80, but some sites are now advertising tickets as much as for €1,966.94 including a booking fee.

Today the IRFU warned fans to only ever buy tickets from official IRFU ticket sources, in light of recent ticketing scams as the Union does not have capacity to accommodate people who lose money to ticket-touts or arrive at the Aviva Stadium with forged tickets.

In one instance a supporter was scammed twice in two separate transactions on two different websites.

"We have been contacted by a number of people who thought they had secured tickets through well-known websites only to find that the tickets did not transpire and their money was lost," IRFU spokesperson Stephen McNamara said.

"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."

"Unfortunately, with the Aviva Stadium completely full we will not be able to accommodate anyone who does not have an official match ticket.”

About 15,000 English fans are expected to hit Dublin for Sunday's match at the Aviva Stadium despite only 5,000 away tickets being allocated.

Both teams are unbeaten so far in the tournament, with the Triple Crown and Grand Slam still up for grabs.

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