Welsh Rugby Union cancel hundreds of tickets and send warning to Ireland fans ahead of Friday night showdown
The Welsh Rugby Union has warned Irish and Welsh fans to double check their tickets for Friday's Six Nations showdown in Cardiff after a crackdown on hospitality companies selling seats at inflated prices.
The WRU have cancelled up to 200 tickets for the match after they were sold in breach of their terms and conditions.
Any fan who has purchased their ticket off a company called Eventful has been asked to get in touch with the WRU immediately by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A statement earlier today read: "The Welsh Rugby Union has obtained a High Court injunction against an unofficial ticketing operation which was re-selling tickets and operating unofficial hospitality for the 2017 RBS 6 Nations matches at Principality Stadium.
"Evental Ltd was the subject of a ruling by the High Court of Justice at a hearing in London on 1st March.
"The ruling prevents Evental Ltd, its director or anyone acting on its instruction from breaching the terms and conditions of sale of WRU tickets by selling them on for profit. It is against the WRU’s ticket terms and conditions to re-sell tickets above face value anywhere other than via its officially licenced secondary market website, Seatwave – which is itself subject to detailed regulation to ensure profits made stay in Welsh Rugby and to protect consumers.
"The only other official ticket sources are the WRU’s sole off-site hospitality operator Events International, WRU onsite hospitality, WRU member clubs and official travel partner Gullivers Sports Travel.
"As part of the court proceedings, Evental Ltd was required to reveal both where their tickets had been sourced and to whom they had been sold.
"As a result, the WRU is aware of around 200 tickets for the forthcoming Wales v Ireland match in Cardiff which have been sold on to other parties in breach of the WRU’s ticketing terms and conditions, and is taking steps to cancel these tickets.
"The Wales v Ireland RBS 6 Nations fixture at Principality Stadium on Friday 10th March has sold-out.
"Supporters who have bought tickets - either with hospitality or travel associated or just individual seats - from Evental Ltd, or any other unofficial source are strongly encouraged to get in touch with the WRU via email@example.com immediately in order to check validity, as these tickets do not carry a guarantee of entry into Principality Stadium.
"The WRU has made a commitment to look into the individual circumstances surrounding purchases and will do what it can to help individuals who have purchased in good faith, but wishes to remind supporters that it cannot guarantee access to bearers of tickets bought from unofficial sources."