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Swindon fans warned to beware of touts selling Chelsea cup tie tickets
SWINDON Town fans are being warned to beware of illegal ticket touts ahead of their clash with Premier League giants Chelsea.
Hotfootballtickets.com is selling tickets for the away section at the County Ground for £95 – £70 above face value of tickets at the official club websites.
Officials from both clubs have stated these tickets will neither necessarily be authentic, nor will they guarantee entry on the night of the match.
What’s more, the tickets for the Chelsea end have not yet gone on official sale through their own website, which proves this site is taking money from consumers without having tickets to sell.
There are fears desperate Robins fans will resort to ticket touts and seats with away fans if they remain empty handed once the home allocation, on-sale through the club, sells out.
Currently, home tickets are only on sale to season ticket holders, and will remain so until Wednesday, when those with 50 or more loyalty points or Junior Red Members get a bite of the cherry. Home tickets do not go on sale until 9am on September 21, three days before kick-off.
Mark Isaacs, stadium manager at the County Ground, said: “We would say, obviously, any tickets sold through touts may not be valid.
“Those presenting tickets from these websites on the night have no guarantee they will gain entry.
“There are only two official routes for this match, and they are the official club websites. Just because they have paid money over the internet, it doesn’t mean they actually have the tickets.
“I have no idea how this website thinks it can publicise tickets which haven’t even gone on official sale yet. They might have people with memberships at Chelsea, who can get tickets.
“It’s a huge shame this is happening to the game, but fans should know it isn’t just the cup game being targeted. They have tickets to all Premier League games too.”
Chelsea yesterday finally released details of their own ticketing arrangement for the Capital One Cup clash, which will kick off at 7.45pm and be shown live on Sky Sports. Season ticket holders at Stamford Bridge and members of their UK away scheme will be able to buy tickets from September 10, with various windows opening to different fans in the days after that.
Chelsea’s compliance officer, John Cottam, said: “This website is listed amongst a list of banned tickets sites on our own official webpage. We do not support or condone their sales.
“We do not know how they get hold of the tickets, but they have their ways and means.
“We do as much as we can to stop this.
“We have had issues with this company in the past and some fans have been denied access after buying unofficial tickets on there.
“Sometimes fans don’t receive tickets at all after paying their money.”
Hotfootballtickets.com were not available for comment.
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