Consumer body calls for monopoly investigation

24th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

24 March 2005, HAMBURG - The German consumer umbrella organisation (VZBV) said on Thursday that it has called on the European Union Commission and German competition authorities to look into a credit card monopoly around ticket sales for the 2006 football World Cup.

24 March 2005

HAMBURG - The German consumer umbrella organisation (VZBV) said on Thursday that it has called on the European Union Commission and German competition authorities to look into a credit card monopoly around ticket sales for the 2006 football World Cup.

The VZBV said in a press release that the case is directed against the German football federation DFB as the issuing body of the tickets.

Fans who apply for tickets at the official website www.fifaworld.com can pay via bank transfer, but if they wish to use a credit card only MasterCard is accepted.

MasterCard are one of 15 World Cup sponsors of the ruling body FIFA and have exclusive rights around the tournament.

But VZBV vice-chairman Patrick von Braunmuehl said that a limit was reached when "sponsor activities at major sport events lead to a restriction of competition".

DPA

Subject: German news

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