- Forty-One sanctions handed out after 2009 RBS 6 Nations
- Penalties imposed on clubs, constituent bodies, schools and individuals takes total number to 211
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The Rugby Football Union has acted to stamp out black market tickets at Twickenham by imposing sanctions on 41 clubs, constituent bodies, schools and individuals whose tickets ended up in the wrong hands.
The RFU's ticket terms and conditions state that allocated tickets can only by sold on to specific official licensed operators and certain parties contravened these regulations for 2009 RBS 6 Nations matches at Twickenham Stadium.
The measures form part of the RFU’s continued strategic plan objective to reduce the number of tickets sold on the black market and brings the number of sanctions handed out in the past two years to 211, ranging from a suspended 10 per cent reduction in entitlement to a four year total ticket ban.
The tickets sanctions, applicable from September 1, for misuse – including sale on auction websites like eBay or other ticket exchanges – were decided on an individual basis and judged against the severity of the case in terms of the number of tickets, how they got onto the black market, the steps taken by the club to prevent misuse and whether or not they have offended before.
RFU Business Operations Director Paul Vaughan said: "The fact that we have now imposed over 200 sanctions shows our commitment to reducing the number of tickets reaching the black market.
“We remain determined to take action against those who breach our ticketing terms and conditions by reselling them to unauthorised operators or even advertising tickets for resale."
To prevent tickets reaching the black market and protect rugby fans from unscrupulous dealers, RFU affiliated clubs may only sell their tickets to official operators. These operators pay the RFU royalties that are put back into the sport.
In other circumstances, if ticketholders are unable to attend a match, the RFU returns policy enables them to get a refund if returning their tickets at least 48 hours before a match. These returned tickets are then passed on to genuine supporters via the England Rugby Supporters Club (ERSC).