UEFA issued a reminder to the public on Friday that it remains the sole and exclusive seller of tickets for UEFA EURO 2012 amid concerns about the sale of unauthorised tickets and corporate hospitality packages for the event.
The European governing body and the local organising committees (LOCs) of UEFA EURO 2012 have recently become aware of several unauthorised activities relating to the sale of tickets and corporate hospitality packages, particularly in the two host countries Poland and Ukraine.
There are companies offering hospitality packages for the tournament which do not have the right to do so and, moreover, do not actually have the tickets they are offering to sell. Furthermore, they are selling these packages at hugely inflated prices.
UEFA believes that by centralising the sales of any type of tickets, it can guarantee the cheapest prices on the market. Martin Kallen, the UEFA Events SA operations director, said: "It is extremely important that people and companies are aware that tickets and corporate hospitality packages can only be purchased directly from UEFA.
"There is absolutely no other entity having any ticket in its possession. We therefore urge everyone not to be tempted by such deals, as they will simply end up being denied access to the stadium as individual checks will be made at the stadium entrance. We want to protect the interest of fans and companies, and by centralising all tickets sales we make sure that tickets will be available at the fairest prices. Tickets for the fans will be on sale in March 2011 and the sales of corporate hospitality packages will follow in April 2011."
Companies interested in hospitality packages for UEFA EURO 2012 can already express their interest by emailing email@example.com, while fans interested in buying tickets can register on UEFA.com/uefaeuro2012 to receive the latest ticketing information and be notified when sales start.
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