Premier League bosses have teamed up with clubs and the police to help bring down a ticketing scam that is believed to have made hundreds of thousands of pounds. Officialtickets.net, hosted in Israel, had been charging as much as £450 for a pair of tickets to games at Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham, with tickets often never arriving in fans' hands. The team of investigators have spent 18 months attempting to close down the site, with Premier League spokesman Dan Johnson revealing his delight in seeing the site finally shut down. “Getting this site closed down is a big victory for us, and it will hopefully send out a message to others that we are not sitting back and allowing fans to be ripped off," he said. “We had hundreds of complaints, and there is no doubt that this was a very complex operation set up to fleece supporters.”
11 March 2009
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