World Cup qualification football match tickets blocked

27th March 2009, Comments 1 comment

More than 800 tickets for the upcoming World Cup qualification match between Netherlands and Scotland sold at higher prices by unofficial ticket agencies have been blocked.

THE NETHERLANDS – Football fans going to watch the World Cup qualification match between Netherlands and Scotland at Amsterdam Arena stadium on Saturday will have to check their validity of their tickets, announces the Dutch football association (KNVB).

The announcement came after the KNVB decided to block more than 800 tickets which had been sold at higher prices by unofficial ticket agencies over the internet.

Football fans can check the validity of their tickets on Friday and Saturday via a special KNVB telephone number (0900 8075). The KNVB said unofficial agencies include M&M events, 4ALLtickets, PePeTickets, Budgetticket, Onlineticketshop, and Ticket Unlimited. Fans who purchased tickets through the official ticket box or the OAD agencies will be admitted into the game.

Fans with blocked tickets are to ask for a refund from the ticket agencies.

"The KNVB wants a broad public to be able to see matches now and in the future. Black market practices, including the large-scale buying up of tickets to be sold on at marked-up prices, threatens the ability of some supporters to see games," explained the KNVB director, Bert van Oostveen,

Supporting the KNVB’s move is the Dutch national team's supporters' club (Supportersclub Oranje). 

"We also believe that Dutch national games should remain accessible to the majority of people, and not just for those who can afford to pay more. Unfortunately, it's proved necessary to take this step," said the club spokesman.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

1 Comment To This Article

  • angus posted:

    on 28th March 2009, 13:02:44 - Reply

    What the KNVB have done is childish.I understand that what the ticket agencies have done is not good for the honest football fan,but when you are passionate about the game, you try every option to get to the game.The say they did it to protect the fans.Ok,but I am an adult and " I "choose to pay 100 euro.
    The only losers today are the fans.....