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European Leagues opposed to FIFA tournament expansion plans

20 April 2018

Yet the fact is that Russian Federation was previously charged with racist behaviour by its fans at the last two European Championships and this is the third racism case this season at St. Petersburg Stadium, which will host a World Cup semi-final match.

Consumer group Which? has revealed that secondary ticketing sites are charging nearly 40 times the face value of tickets for the FIFA World Cup 2018, due to take place in Russian Federation in June.

Consumer group Which? found two tickets for the best available seats at Tunisia vs England on June 18 were listed on StubHub for between £480.20 and £11,237.60.

Ticombo, which bills itself as peer-to-peer platform connecting buyers and sellers, said users are able to "flag" suspicious listings, prompting the company to investigate the matter accordingly.

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However, Ticombo said it was not breaking the law by trading tickets and neither were fans.

Which? says fans tempted to buy from secondary sites run the risk of not getting to their event on time or potentially not being admitted to the stadium, as well as paying over the odds.

World Football governing body FIFA will be probing into the racist chants that some of the Russian fans spewed when Russia played against France in a friendly match last month. The second case is due to be heard by UEFA on May 31, two weeks before the World Cup begins.

"Fifa seems to be on an expansion drive", said Olsson, who this year joined UEFA's executive committee to represent the leagues.

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This is Morocco's fifth bid to host the World Cup, after their losses for the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 editions of the event.

The second sales phase for tickets closed on 3 April but fans still have the chance to get tickets on a first-come-first-served basis along with any fan resale tickets in the last-minute sales phase that runs from 18 April to 15 July on the Federation Internationale de Football Association website. During the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, FIFA and local authorities will also conduct strict admission checks'.

Tickets for this summer's World Cup have been illicitly advertised for nearly 40 times face value on secondary seller websites.

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European Leagues opposed to FIFA tournament expansion plans