Thursday 23 November 2017

We'll cancel tout tickets, warns IRFU

Rob Kearney and Jamie Heaslip with Caoilfhinn Egan (6) and Alannah Egan (15) from Suttonians as they joined the ISPCC to 'Stand Up Against Bullying' at the launch of the organisation's 'Shield Your Club' initiative at the Aviva Stadium yesterday. Photo: Bi
Rob Kearney and Jamie Heaslip with Caoilfhinn Egan (6) and Alannah Egan (15) from Suttonians as they joined the ISPCC to 'Stand Up Against Bullying' at the launch of the organisation's 'Shield Your Club' initiative at the Aviva Stadium yesterday. Photo: Bi

Paul Healy

TICKET touts targeting Sunday's Six Nations clash between Ireland and England face a clampdown from the IRFU.

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.

However, the IRFU confirmed that it is taking actions against those selling tickets above their face value.

A spokesman for the IRFU said that all tickets issued through IRFU channels "are traceable to the individual purchaser".

"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 we request that they desist from the practice, or their ticket will be cancelled.

"However, our advice to fans is clear - do not purchase tickets from unofficial sources."

Problem

The IRFU denied that any one group was responsible for the sale of the tickets online, saying the problem was created by individuals and that it investigated all known cases.

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.

Irish Independent

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