Fergie quizzed in ticket inquiry
Published 26/10/2011 | 05:00
Alex Ferguson has been questioned as part of an inquiry into how match tickets assigned to him ended up being offered for sale by touts outside Old Trafford.
Ferguson said he had given tickets, printed with his name, to acquaintances and had no knowledge that they had found their way into the hands of touts.
Since all staff tickets delivered to United have Ferguson's name on them, it is unclear how many of the 16 were from the manager's own allocation. Ferguson has helped United's own inquiries.
Ferguson's link to the touting case came in a court case at Trafford magistrates' court, where four touts were given banning orders and fines. The men were part of a gang who advertised tickets for sale on the internet to fans, many of whom travelled from overseas and handed over up to £200 a ticket.
The tickets were produced as part of the men's case that they had permission from the club to distribute tickets. All four men -- Karl Rowe (51), Mark Rowe (47), Anthony Jones (44), and Christopher Fallon (51) -- pleaded guilty to selling or otherwise distributing tickets without authorisation.