Arsenal away tickets at Huddersfield offered for sale online at more than £700 for Arsene Wenger’s final match
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Tickets for Arsene Wenger’s final match in charge of the club at Huddersfield Town at the weekend are already being offered for more than £700.
Huge mark-ups on seats priced at £26 are being seen at Ticketbis – with Arsenal fans asked to stump up £720 for a seat in a section clearly marked ‘away supporters’ at the John Smith’s Stadium.
In comparison the site is offering Manchester United v Chelsea FA Cup final tickets for £470.
Huddersfield warned their fans back in August not to use online sites to sell tickets with a Terriers spokesman saying at the time: “The club is not willing to tolerate fans profiteering.”
However, despite the match classed as a sell-out by Huddersfield in their 24,500 capacity stadium, and the Terriers discouraging touting, there is little they can do to combat ‘fans’ offering seats in the away end for extortionate prices if they opt to sell on their tickets.
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Arsenal were given an allocation of 2,292 tickets for the match on April 18 - only 48 hours before the club announced Wenger was to leave.
They were priced at £26 and initially put on sale to fans who had 55+ away credits, with the fixture selling out to those on 50+ away points.
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However, it appears some fans have decided to cash in by offering their highly-prized tickets to the highest bidder.
Long-time Arsenal John Williamson who has attended more than 3,500 Gunners matches and averages more than 100 games a season watching the club’s representative sides at all levels said: “While I have no problem with fans selling on the odd ticket for fave value, I feel any supporter ripping off fellow fans by selling on their ticket for over face value should be identified and banned by the club.”
Ticketbis describes itself as a platform that connects people who want to sell their tickets to fans wanting to buy them. Since 2009 Ticketbis says it has managed 300,000 ticket sales to more than 90,000 events in Europe, USA, Latin America, Asia and Australia.
They say their primary mission is to ensure a secure transaction so that both buyers and sellers can carry out a successful exchange, acting as intermediaries to ‘make sure everything goes smoothly’.
The prices follow on from the prices reportedly charged by other ticket agencies of more than £1,000 for Wenger’s final match at the Emirates on Sunday.
The 5-0 rout of Sean Dyche’s Burnley came on a day when other Gunners legends such as Vic Akers and Alex Scott were also honoured after the match, along with captain Per Mertesacker, who is retiring to lead the club’s academy.
The victory against the Clarets was most emotional afternoon in the Emirates 12-year history after the departing Frenchman was given a touching send-off following his last home match in charge after more than two decades.
The victory also ensured Arsenal would end the season in sixth place thereby ensuring a spot in the Europa League group stages for next season.
An Arsenal spokesman told the Islington Gazette: “We regularly advise our supporters not to purchase tickets on the secondary market or through any unknown source. A number of companies and individuals do advertise on the internet claiming to provide official Arsenal tickets.
“However, Arsenal Football Club tickets are only available through the channels as advertised on Arsenal.com.”
There is no suggestion Ticketbis are doing anything illegal and the Islington Gazette has approached them for specific comment on this particular case in order for them to have a right of reply.