Fan fury as FA Cup final tickets are sold on the black market for over 10k
10:18 GMT, 4 May 2012
Chelsea and Liverpool fans unable to buy tickets for Saturday's FA Cup final were left fuming as it emerged that pairs were being sold abroad for prices of up to 10,400.
The two sets of fans have been allocated 25,000 seats each, with the other 40,000 Wembley seats set aside for the FA's 'football family', which consists of Club Wembley members, county associations and sponsors.
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Foreign agencies can avoid the restrictions of the Ticket Touting Order of 2007 and, according to the Daily Star, several websites in Spain have been selling tickets for five-figure sums.
Madrid-based 1st4footballtickets.com are charging 10,400 – including a service fee – for 'brilliant seats on the halfway line', available in either fan sections.
Another Spanish agency, ticket4football.com, are asking 4,129.50, while TicketBis want up to 2,651.85 a pair.
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Fans have taken to Twitter to hit out at the FA, believing their allocations are forcing people to pay over the odds. The Spirit Of Shankly Liverpool supporters’ group branded the allocation 'insulting'.
The FA have stated: 'We would urge members of the public not to purchase tickets from unauthorised sources as they are likely to be either fraudulent or the tickets offered are not genuine and fans will be left disappointed and out of pocket.'