English Premier League football club Liverpool is employing private investigators to catch ticket touts.
Chief executive Peter Moores told the club’s website that an agency specialising in tracking touts has collaborated with Liverpool staff to identify suspected wrongdoers.
Moores added that the club had banned a number of people from purchasing tickets and attending games at Anfield after a clampdown for the Premier League game against Bournemouth in October.
“Behind the scenes we are working extremely hard to try and eradicate ticketing touting to protect our supporters from getting caught out with fake or unofficial tickets,” Moores said. “One way to help immediately is to stop purchasing tickets from unofficial sources.
“We will continue this work and are committed to looking at new ways how we can help to stop this illegal trading.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool and Manchester United fans will be interested to learn that Belgian club Anderlecht has been charged by UEFA over ticket prices charged to away fans in this season’s Champions League.
Liverpool and Manchester United have become embroiled in wrangles with opponents Porto and Sevilla ahead of their round of 16 clashes.
Earlier this week, Anderlecht were charged with infringing Article 19 (3) of UEFA’s safety and security regulations. UEFA opened proceedings against Anderlecht after the club charged Bayern Munich supporters €100 to attend a Champions League group game in November.
Angry Bayern fans threw fake money on to the pitch at Anderlecht’s ground in protest.
A UEFA statement said: “The matter of ticket pricing for away clubs is a topic that has been raised to UEFA on several occasions. Since the pricing strategy regarding ticketing is under the responsibility of the home club, our focus is on encouraging dialogue between the clubs to resolve any disputes or avoid any disagreements relating to such matters.
“Breaches of regulations can result in disciplinary proceedings being opened.”