Irish Euro 2012 tickets being sold at 17 times face value online
TICKETS to Ireland’s opening game at the 2012 European Championships have been sold for €512 online, a whopping 17 times their face value of €30.
According to the Irish Star, a German ticket tout on auction website Ebay has sold three tickets for Ireland’s opening match against Croatia for €1,536 – with the tout even charging an additional €38 for shipping the tickets.
The same tout is now offering four tickets for what could be a decisive match for Ireland against Trapattoni’s native Italy. The face value for tickets for the match are €120 each, however the tout has already turned down an offer of €277 per ticket.
Although not breaking any laws in Germany, the seller would be in violation of Irish anti-touting laws.
Meanwhile, it has been revealed that anti-semitic football merchandise is on sale in Poland
At one outlet belonging to one of Poland's biggest clubs, fans can buy scarves and stickers with the motto "Jews forbidden" and T-shirts with slogans extolling violence against Poland's opponents in the tournament the Czech Republic and Greece.
"Burn the Czechs" and "Beat the Greeks" read some of the shirts while another calls for "no mercy" to be shown to "visitors".
An employee at the shop is quoted by the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza as saying the shop stocked the materials "because they sell well and they're in demand".
Anti-racism campaigners also claim "To My Kibice", a popular fan magazine sold in high-street shops, often carries advertisements for racist and xenophobic material.
The availability and apparent popularity of the products have fuelled fears of outbreaks of racism and violence during Euro 2012, which starts in June and is co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine . Ireland plays their group matches in Poznan in Poland.
Crowd trouble has blighted Polish football for years with many clubs attracting a hard core of hooligans known as "ultras". Intent on violence and an ingrained aspect of the football scene they have wrought bloody havoc at even high-profile games such as the 2011 Polish FA Cup final.
A video posted on YouTube titled "Polish Hooligans Waiting for You ( Euro 2012 )" features graphic footage of Polish fans fighting each other and the police.