Which? warns over shopping for World Cup tickets on-line

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Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium will host the primary recreation of the FIFA World Cup 2018

Soccer followers threat paying inflated costs for World Cup tickets that may not be legitimate in the event that they use secondary ticketing websites, Which? has warned.

The buyer group discovered tickets for the England vs Tunisia match priced as excessive as £11,237.

Soccer’s governing physique Fifa has warned it might void any ticket bought on an unauthorised ticketing web site.

In March Which? discovered 5 ticketing web sites together with Stubhub and Ticombo that had been promoting World Cup tickets.

Stubhub mentioned tickets had appeared on its UK web site because of a “technical error” and there have been no World Cup tickets at present obtainable.

“StubHub totally complies with relevant legal guidelines. Subsequently, we don’t enable the resale of World Cup tickets on Stubhub.co.uk,” a spokesperson mentioned.

Nevertheless, Ticombo mentioned it was not breaking the regulation by buying and selling tickets and neither had been followers.

“If Fifa has an issue with followers wishing to promote their ticket to a 3rd get together, it has an issue not with Ticombo, however with the free market itself,” it mentioned.

The 2018 Fifa World Cup kicks off on the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on 14 June. The ultimate spherical of ticket gross sales by FIFA begins on 18 April.

Extra particulars may be discovered on its web site.

Fifa says that strict admission checks can be made on tickets in the course of the match and followers might want to have a particular identification doc to have the ability to enter the stadiums.

Which? urges followers to solely purchase tickets from authorised sellers.

“Soccer followers must be conscious that in the event that they purchase a World Cup ticket from an unofficial supply, they threat paying inflated costs and probably not entering into the sport in any respect,” mentioned Alex Neill from Which?.

“If you happen to do not wish to threat watching the World Cup from the sidelines, you must solely purchase from the official Fifa reselling web site,” he suggested.

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