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Rugby World Cup Ticket Crackdown Involves Guess Who?

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World Cup Ticket Crackdown


first crackdown on the unofficial secondary market selling tickets

breaching Rugby World Cup terms and conditions inevitably involved

Ipswich''s secretive owner Marcus Evans - once described as the biggest

ticket tout in the world.


covert World Rugby operation resulted in 20 people who had bought

hospitality packages through one of Evans'' companies - THG - being

forbidden entry to Twickenham before the England versus Fiji game. The

duped rugby fans had paid over two times the price of official

hospitality for their packages. This follows a similar World Rugby

initiative against Evans'' unofficial hospitality at the 2011 World Cup.


Evans employee was arrested and accused of illegally selling £300,000

worth of World Cup tickets at the 2010 football World Cup in South

Africa. And more than 40 spectators who had bought hospitality packages

off Evans'' companies were refused entry to the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic

Manor. Even suspended FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke''s

incriminating correspondence with sports ticket consultant Benny Alon,

which has been put into the public domain, mentions: ''Marcus Evans

making money on hospitality without having the right to do so.''

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