Ahead of Euro 2004, ACPO clarify their position on the sale of unauthorised football tickets on the internet.
ACPO clarify their position on the sale of unauthorised football tickets on the internet.
Commenting on concerns about the sale of unauthorised football tickets on the internet in the run up to Euro 2004, David Swift, ACPO spokesman on football issues and Deputy Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police, said:
"ACPO are concerned because official distribution of tickets (for all games not just England) reflects the history of responding to disorder with tickets being sold on a segregated area basis.
"Unauthorised sales, which compromise this, are a worry and potentially increase the likelihood of flashpoints and disorder. However, whilst we strongly discourage the sale and purchase of unauthorised tickets, we also recognise the reality that having one is not a measure of criminal intent.
"We have received legal advice which indicates the Internet cannot be classed as a public place or a place to which the public has access for the purposes of Section 166 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. Ebay have been very receptive to police requests to remove items from sale and they will be asked not to sell any England tickets."