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RFU crackdown on blackmarket tickets

30 March 2010

  • RFU sanctions continue efforts to reduce blackmarket ticket sales
  • Over 220 sanctions imposed because of unauthorised reselling

The RFU has imposed sanctions on 17 clubs, constituent bodies, schools and individuals found to have contravened the 2009 Investec Internationals ticket terms and conditions for matches at Twickenham Stadium.

The measures form part of the RFU’s continuing efforts to reduce the number of tickets sold on the black market and brings the number of sanctions handed out in the past three years to 228. These sanctions range from a suspended 10 per cent reduction in ticket entitlement to a four year total ticket ban.

RFU Business Operations Director Paul Vaughan said: "The fact that we have now imposed over 220 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."

The sanctions, applicable from September 1, 2010, for misuse (including sale on auction websites such as eBay, Seatwave, Viagogo, GET ME IN and to ticket touts) are decided on an individual basis and are 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.

1. Clubs/Constituent Bodies

(a) Consett & District RFC received a loss of allocation for one year (September 1, 2010 to August 31, 2011) with a 60% loss - 50% of which is suspended - for a second year (September 1, 2011 to August 31, 2012).

(b) Bodmin RFC received a 25% loss of allocation for one year.

(c) The following clubs received a 25% loss of allocation but with 10% suspended for one year.

(i) Beccehamian RFC
(ii) Tamar Saracens RFC

(d) Andover RFC Limited received a 10% loss of allocation for one year.

(e) The following clubs received a 10% loss of allocation but suspended for one year.

(i) Bishops Stortford RFC
(ii) Bromsgrove RFC
(iii) Chester RFC
(iv) Dover RFC
(v) London Media RFC
(vi) Thames RFC

2. Schools

The following schools received a loss of allocation for one year

(i) All Hallows RC School
(ii) Bradford Grammar School
(iii) Coseley School
(iv) Welling School

3. Debenture Holders

(a) Mr R S Bertasi received a loss of allocation for one year.

(b) Mr S Leaver received a loss of allocation for the Investec Internationals 2010 and a suspended sanction for the RBS 6 Nations 2011.

The RFU's ticket terms and conditions allow member clubs to sell allocated tickets to other clubs and friends/family at face value and to official licensed operators.

In order to reduce the number of tickets sold on the black market and protect rugby fans from unscrupulous dealers, the RFU has licensed official operators in Mike Burton Corporate Hospitality Ltd, Events International, Eventmasters, Lucid Events, Tiger Events, Twickenham Experience Ltd and National Sporting Club. These operators pay the RFU royalties that are put back into the sport. Clubs are not allowed to sell tickets to any other operator.