FIFA warn against fake tickets

world-cup_2010JOHANNESBURG World soccer governing body FIFA has warned soccer fans of unscrupulous individuals who are selling fake match tickets for the 2010 World Cup that South Africa will host next June.

FIFA and its ticket handling partner MATCH are warning consumers about any unauthorised ticket sales and the risk of purchasing fake tickets, which would result in the buyers not being able to access the stadium, the football controlling body said in a statement last week. FIFA said the individuals, who were taking advantage of the high demand for tickets all over the world, were using the internet to sell the tickets they do not possess. While genuine tickets are sold online exclusively via the official website, unscrupulous individuals are taking advantage of the great appeal of this event by trying to use the internet to sell tickets they do not possess, the football mother body said.

FIFA said it would crack down on the bogus traders who want to take advantage of unsuspecting football lovers. A special team from FIFAs Legal Affairs Division is working closely with international authorities to monitor the internet for such illegal offers and to take action to combat them, it said. FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said they were working with New Scotland Yard to monitor and shut down websites selling unauthorised 2010 FIFA World Cup match tickets in violation of the United Kingdoms anti-touting laws.

Our work with New Scotland Yard is yet another example that we are taking serious steps to stop unauthorised entities from selling 2010 FIFA World Cup tickets, said FIFA. South Africa will next year host the soccer world cup, the first time the event would be held in Africa.

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