Farrell cleared over sale of ticket
February 28, 2014
Owen Farrell - no blame but he still bears responsibility © Getty Images
Owen Farrell has been cleared of any wrongdoing after the RFU investigated how a ticket allocated to him for last weekend's England-Ireland game was sold by an online ticketing website for more than six times its face value.
"Owen is cleared of any wrong-doing. He will therefore not face any sanction," said an RFU spokesman. "He is a young man of the utmost integrity and no blame can be attached to him in this matter. Enquiries continue as to the circumstances whereby this ticket was sold above face value, contravening the terms and conditions of sale."
All players receive an allocation of tickets to give to friends and family. Farrell is believed to have one to a friend who then sold it on when they could not make the match. There is no question that Farrell was involved in the sale or made any personal profit from it. The £70 ticket was sold for £440.
Aside from the slight embarrassment, the RFU will be as upset that the ticket was sold on Viagogo. In 2012 it took the website to court and won a case to force the company to identify anyone selling tickets at above face value.
Like most governing bodies, the RFU pushes hard to avoid tickets being onsold at huge mark-ups.
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