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Rugby World Cup's ticket turmoil

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 01:22

A ticket pricing row has broken out just weeks ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Britain. As Grace Pascoe reports fans who've bought resold tickets online could be refused entry even though some are spending tens of thousands of pounds on them.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR IN ENGLAND RUGBY WORLD CUP ADVERT, CHARLES DANCE, SAYING: "We're gonna raise the roof on every stadium from the North East to the South West..." There's less than a month to go until kick off. And many Rugby World Cup fans are still trying to get their hands on a ticket. Some are angry that online sellers are overpricing them. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNNAMED RUGBY FAN, SAYING: "Something should definitely be done so more dedicated fans that do come to events like this can get a ticket for a ticket at a good price and can actually go and watch the games." (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNNAMED RUGBY FAN (WITH BEARD), SAYING: "With ticket touts I've got no chance of buying a ticket for the matches, it is just for the rich, it's for the prawn cocktail brigade like." Tickets for the final match officially started at £125. But some are now on sale unofficially at £4000. With a pair of tickets for England vs. Wales selling for £11,500. World Cup organizers say they may refuse entry to buyers from unofficial sites. Oliver Wheeler works for online ticket seller- viagogo. (SOUDBITE) (English) VIAGOGO, HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS, OLIVER WHEELER, SAYING: "The government was very clear earlier this year that it would take a very dim view of any organiser seeking to cancel a ticket that has been legitimately resold. It is not in anybody's interest to cancel a ticket or to refuse someone at the gate. It is certainly not in the rugby fans interest to do that." The World Cup is a showcase for rugby. But some say the sky high ticket prices should be kicked into touch.

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Rugby World Cup's ticket turmoil

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 01:22