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Metropolitan Police arrest Norwegian football tout. Football fans are being warned of black market tickets after police arrested two people, including a Norwegian, for planning to sell illegal tickets to the Champions League final.

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Metropolitan Police arrest Norwegian football tout

Published on Saturday, 28th May, 2011 at 17:11 under the news category, by John Price   .
Last Updated on 28th May 2011 at 20:28.

Football fans are being warned of black market tickets after police arrested two people, including a Norwegian, for planning to sell illegal tickets to the Champions League final.

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Tonight, football fans celebrate the biggest European teams going head-to-head in Europe's finest tournament when Barcelona and Manchester United clash at Wembley Stadium in London. 

90,000 people are expected to attend the event, but there are some who want to gain a little profit of their own. 

The Norwegian tout was fined £1,000 (about 9,000 kroner) after pleading guilty at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court after he was caught at Heathrow Airport, planning to sell 60 illegal tickets for thousands of pounds.

Detective Chief Constable Nick Downing warned football fans "Don't let this happen to you. Only visit official sites for a list of genuine sellers who are authorised to sell legitimate tickets," reports Associated Newspapers’ Metro.

A 21-year old unnamed British man was also arrested at Luton airport after arriving on a flight from Barcelona with tickets hidden inside his hand luggage. A price list showing 1,600 pounds per ticket was also recovered.

According to Carolyn Stott, UK Border Agency assistant director at Luton Airport, "Interest in the Champions League is immense. Wembley is sure to be a sell out and millions more around the world will be watching Saturday's game on TV." 

“This man was taking advantage of that global popularity by buying valid tickets, with a view to selling them on illegally at inflated prices, making a handsome profit in the process,” a local paper writes,” she tells a local paper. 

Europe's football governing body UEFA has been criticised for selling legal tickets for big bucks, despite announcing a clampdown on black market activities. Prices have ranged from 80 to 300 pounds. 

UEFA President Michel Platini has since apologised for the sky high prices, but tonight’s Champions League final will surely not be a disappointment.

The Norwegian ticket tout was deported back home. 



Published on Saturday, 28th May, 2011 at 17:11 under the news category, by John Price   .
Last updated on 28th May 2011 at 20:28.

This post has the following tags: uefachampionsleaguewembley, norwegiantickettout, blackmarketfootballtickets.





  
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