- Viagogo forced to reveal names of ticket selller
- Landmark ruling in favour of the Rugby Football Union
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The RFU has been granted a court order forcing Viagogo to reveal the names and addresses of those who placed tickets for sale on its website for the 2010 Investec Internationals and the 2011 RBS 6 Nations.
In a landmark ruling - the first action of its kind by a national governing body - the application by Mr Justice Tugendhat means the RFU can identify and sanction those who have breached its ticketing terms and conditions by selling to secondary ticketing sites.
The RFU will now consider the position of other similar sites in the lead up to hosting the 2015 Rugby World Cup and hopes it will benefit other sports in their own battles against the black market.
RFU Business Operations Director Paul Vaughan said: "We are delighted to have been granted this order which means that Viagogo will need to supply us with information about anyone who placed tickets for sale on their site from the Investec Internationals in November and this year’s RBS 6 Nations.
"Once we get that information we will then decide what action to take against those individuals, clubs or educational institutions.
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"Any Twickenham Stadium match tickets which appear for sale on Viagogo are effectively ‘black market’ tickets.
"Our action in tackling Viagogo head on in the court shows that we take the strongest stance possible against these marketplaces and regularly police them as far as we are able.
"Individuals who believe they have anonymity by trading their tickets through such secondary sales sites are no longer invisible and we will do our utmost to ensure that tickets go to genuine fans rather than people who wish to profit."
Placing tickets for sale on secondary ticketing sites is in direct contravention of the RFU’s Ticketing Terms and Conditions and, if the seller can be identified, they face tough sanctions including possible court action.
In the past four years the RFU has sanctioned 316 individuals, clubs and educational institutions, with penalties ranging from a suspended 10 per cent reduction in entitlement for a club to a four-year total ticket ban.