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Viagogo set to move UK staff to New York

Online ticket marketplace Viagogo is reportedly planning on moving UK-based staff to New York amid ongoing investigations into its conduct in Europe.

In April alone, Viagogo was handed a €1m fine by Italian antitrust body AGCM, hit by a court ruling stating that it was illegal for it to list tickets for the French Open tennis tournament, and threatened with court action by the UK’s competition watchdog.

Since then, FIFA, football’s global governing body, has filed a criminal complaint against Viagogo for its conduct in the run-up to the 2018 World Cup, while the company has also been taken to court by the New Zealand Commerce Commission.

The Guardian has now reported that Viagogo is preparing to move “much of” its UK workforce to New York as it explores expansion into the United States.

Citing a source familiar with the matter, the Guardian said that London-based staff have been notified of the company’s decision to move their jobs to New York next May.

The source told the Guardian: “Several senior developers have already relocated, but they’re mostly people that have been at Viagogo since nearly day one and so are probably invested in the company.

“A few others are moving in the next couple of months, and others are leaving very soon.”

The Guardian added that the CMA and Trading Standards investigations into Viagogo are not expected to affected by the staff changes.

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