eBay – England vs Italy Euros final tickets selling for £8,750 each on eBay
Football touts are reselling tickets to the England vs Italy Euros finals on Sunday for up to £8,750 each on eBay.
The England squad are heading to Wembley Stadium again this weekend to play Italy in the final of the Euro 2020 tournament after beating Denmark 2-1 yesterday.
Tickets were available through the UEFA ticket portal and ranged in price from £81 to £808, but have now all sold out.
But some touts are reselling the tickets on auction website eBay for up to £8,750.
One listing asked £17,500 for two tickets with seats next to one another.
Another seller wanted to get £11,000 for two tickets, and yet another asked for £3,500 for one.
Reselling football tickets has been illegal since 1994, unless done with permission of the club. Anyone doing it faces a fine of up to £5,000 if caught.
They can also get barred from football clubs, at their discretion.
This even applies if the seller isn’t trying to make a profit as a tout and is reselling the tickets in good faith.
EBay tries to take down listings of football tickets, but as fast as it deletes them more get put up for sale.
The website has algorithms that try to spot tickets and block them before they are even listed.
An eBay spokesperson said: “We ban the resale of football tickets, in line with UK laws and regulations. We have filters in place to prevent the listing of tickets, but should sellers manage to circumvent our filters, we have policy teams in place to remove the listings quickly and take appropriate action on the seller.”
But some tickets have already sold before the auction site could delete them.
Earlier today one eBay auctioneer sold four tickets for £14,398.80 that are claimed to have cost £4,000 to buy new – a profit of £10,398.80.
Another seller offloaded a single ticket to Sunday’s game for £1,750 that they had bought originally for £595.
EBay has been approached for comment.
It is only illegal to resell football tickets – not tickets to any other form of sport or live music.
To get around the law, some touts try to sell the tickets online, with payment going through a country where the practice is not illegal.
Earlier this week touts resold tickets to the England vs Denmark Euros semi-final for up to 10 times their original price.
ITV’s coverage of England’s victory over Denmark last night was watched by an incredible peak audience of 27.6 million viewers – making it the most-watched football match ever seen on one channel on British TV.
A petition to have a Bank Holiday in the United Kingdom on Monday, July 12 if England win their first-ever European Championship final has gathered more than 100,000 signatures.
Boris Johnson has refused to rule out allowing the special bank holiday if England win.
The Prime Minister was asked if people would be given a day off in the event of a historic triumph over Italy this Sunday.
He replied only: “I think that would be tempting fate – let’s see what happens.”
The Mirror understands the idea of either a bank holiday or a general day of celebration if England win the final has been discussed in government.
eBay - England vs Italy Euros final tickets selling for £8,750 each on eBay
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