FIFA charges World Cup host Russia with fan racism

17 April, 2018, 19:03 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Five secondary ticketing websites were found to be listing World Cup 2018 tickets for sale in the United Kingdom, despite Federation Internationale de Football Association stating that tickets for all the matches should be sold to fans directly and exclusively via its own website, Which? said.

The consumer group found tickets for the England vs Tunisia match priced as high as £11,237.

Anyone buying from a third party risks being turned away as tickets can be checked against official Fifa "Fan IDs". This represents an increase of almost four thousand per cent on the face value of the tickets, which were available for £296.35 from Fifa's website.

The five-member FIFA Task Force will begin its inspection on Tuesday, visiting stadiums, training facilities, fan sites and media centres."Morocco is offering FIFA and the global football family an innovative and compact concept to ensure operational efficiency, outstanding profitability and a lasting legacy in Morocco and Africa", said the bid committee's president, Moulay Hafid Elalamy in a statement.

Which? said it found tickets and hospitality packages listed on StubHub, Ticombo, Ticketbis, Sports Events 365 and Primesport. The final phase of ticket sales for the World Cup will start on Wednesday, April 18.

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This is because Federation Internationale de Football Association is entitled to void any ticket which has been purchased through an unauthorised distribution channel - ticketholders need a Fan ID document to get access to Russian stadiums for any match. "Morocco can compete with the best in the world", Bell said.

It said: 'FIFA in cooperation with local authorities, including consumer protection agencies in numerous countries, continues to make efforts to identify and curb unauthorised ticket sales.

'Furthermore, we have taken concrete legal action against a number of platforms including viagogo, while encouraging fans not to purchase tickets from unauthorised sources. The second case is due to be heard by UEFA on May 31, two weeks before the World Cup begins. "We do not acknowledge the legitimacy of the accusations put forward".

Infantino also previously said that several companies were interested in expanding the Club World Cup from it's current eight-team format to a grander 24-team event.

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