WORLD CUP BRIEF SCAM

HeadLine: WORLD CUP BRIEF SCAM

Daily Record, 20/04/1998, p13
by Shaun Milne and Graeme Smith

Greedy Aussie ticket touts are charging the Tartan Army sky- high
prices for unofficial World Cup tickets.
The firm say they can get thousands of briefs for our games against
Brazil, Norway and Morocco – from a firm in ENGLAND.
Prices range from £500 for the opening game in Paris to £200 for the
other group matches.
But last night, the SFA warned the offer, running on the Internet,
could be a scam.
A spokesman said: “We’re warning people to tread with extreme caution.
“We can understand fans’ frustration but they should not use the black
market.
“They could spend hundreds of pounds and end up getting nothing.”
Brisbane-based Global Sports Tours are demanding the money in advance
by credit card and say the tickets can only be collected in Paris at
the end of May.
The firm, who admit they are not registered as official World Cup
ticket agents, say their English supplier is World Ticket Services.
There is no listing under that name in any British phone book.
At Global’s base in Brisbane, a woman called Michelle said: “We can get
tickets for all the Scotland games.
“We’re not doing package deals, we’re just selling tickets.
“I can send you out information if you like and you can fill in the
booking form.
“We have to have full payment in our office before we can order the
tickets.”
Angry fan Alan Toal, 51, of Bothwell, Lanarkshire, already has a Brazil
ticket through the official Scotland Travel Club. He and three pals
have been members of the club for 20 years and have followed Scotland
all over the world.
But they were outraged at the prices quoted to them for the rest of the
games by Global.
Alan said: “It just seems ludicrous people in Australia can apparently
get tickets from an English company.
“We were delighted with our allocation from the SFA and we have been
trying every avenue we can think of to get tickets for the other games.
“We talked to the SFA about it and they said, `Don’t touch them with a
barge pole’.
“It could be a total rip-off. If it is, then these people are going to
make an absolute killing.”
Meanwhile, Home Secretary Jack Straw yesterday repeated the
Government’s advice to England and Scotland fans without tickets to
stay at home.
French tourism minister Michelle Demessine suggested last week that
ticketless fans would be welcome in her country.

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