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FIFA’s legal action on secondary resale of tickets highlights urgent need for legislation here – Maurice Quinlivan TD

5 June, 2018 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin’s Maurice Quinlivan TD, today reacted to the news that FIFA is taking legal action against Viagogo for the unauthorised resale of tickets and said that this shows the "urgent need for legislation in this area in Ireland".

Speaking today Deputy Quinlivan said;

“Today FIFA lodged a criminal complaint in Switzerland against the ticket website Viagogo as part of a crackdown on unauthorised World Cup ticket sales.

“FIFA have said they received numerous complaints over the past few months over the opaque and deceptive business conduct of Viagogo, and so they took action.

“This is a huge issue in Ireland, with consumers constantly expressing frustration at the total absence of regulation, and the phenomenon of tickets selling out in minutes, only to reappear within minutes on secondary selling sites for hugely inflated prices.

“There are currently no laws in Ireland governing this area, and the government is actively obstructing a Bill I brought forward which would regulate the resale of tickets in Ireland, by refusing to issue it a money message.

“The Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill 2017 would cap the resale of tickets at 10% above face value, to ensure consumers do not continue to get ripped off by unscrupulous sellers and secondary selling sites.

“Also as part of the conditions agreed with UEFA for the staging of four matches in the Euro 2020 championship, Ireland has given a commitment to introduce legislative provisions banning the unauthorised resale of tickets.

“With the slow passage of legislation in this Dáil, the government need to act on this now to honour their commitment to UEFA.

“The GAA have stated they believe ‘touting in its various forms should be classified as a criminal activity’ with the FAI saying ‘if legislation was introduced to tackle resale at inflated prices, the beneficiaries would be genuine fans’.

“Unfortunately my Bill, like so many other opposition Bills, is now stuck at Committee stage awaiting a money message, and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation it seems have no interest in introducing their own legislation."

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