Tough time for Euro touts in Vienna

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About 300 tickets offered illegally on the black market have been confiscated in Vienna since the start of the European Championship.

25 June 2008

VIENNA - Some 300 tickets offered illegally on the black market have been confiscated in Vienna since the start of Euro 2008, local authorities said on Wednesday.

The city said that 155 tickets alone were seized from touts ahead of Sunday's quarter-final between Italy and Spain. Touts face a fine of up to EUR 800 on top of having the tickets taken away.

"To my knowledge, this is the first time that a large number of tickets has been seized from ticket touts," said UEFA director of communications William Gaillard.

"This is related to how adequate national laws are in this regard. Austria is slightly better protected than (co-host) Switzerland."

[dpa / Expatica]

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