Re-sale of tickets cause concern for Welsh Rugby Union
March 5, 2013
Tickets for the Millennium Stadium are in hot demand © Getty Images
The Welsh Rugby Union has expressed concerned that tickets for Wales' clash with England at the Millennium Stadium on March 16 are being sold at inflated prices with some changing hands at up to five times face value.
The game, which is likely to be the deciding match in the Six Nations and could clinch the Grand Slam for England, has been sold out for some time but tickets are widely available online.
Although the resale of tickets is not illegal it is barred by the terms and conditions under which they are originally sold.
"We take the issue of ticket touting extremely seriously," Roger Lewis, the WRU chief executive, told the Times. "We make every effort to discourage the practice and track down and sanction anyone who breaks the terms and conditions on our tickets.
"It may not be illegal to pass on tickets in this way in rugby union, but it is important to us to take steps to try to both protect fans from being ripped off and to also ensure that any revenue created by our national sport is retained in the game and not lost to those only interested in profiteering."
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