Russia’s Ministry of Sports is preparing a bill to introduce punishments for those engaging in the illicit sale or falsification of tickets for the UEFA Euro 2020 national team football tournament following the success of similar measures for the country’s hosting of this year’s FIFA World Cup.
The Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) website said news of fresh measures has been disclosed by the Federal Portal for Draft Legislation.
The Russian Code of Administrative Offences introduced fines for illegal sales of World Cup tickets ranging from 20 to 25-times the face value of the ticket for individuals. For organisations or companies, fines ranged from 500,000 rubles (£5,861/€6,639/$7,502) to one million rubles, along with 90-day suspensions.
Individuals caught trading counterfeit World Cup tickets were faced with fines of between 50,000 and 70,000 rubles, with legal entities handed 90-day suspensions or fines ranging from one million to 1.5 million rubles.
UEFA, European football’s governing body, commenced the ticketing process for Euro 2020 in earnest when it asked fans to register their interest in tickets on September 12.
Euro 2020 will be a special edition of the tournament, with matches spread across 12 European cities. Russia’s Saint Petersburg Stadion (pictured) is one of four venues that has landed hosting rights to three group games and one quarter-final. The others are the Olimpiya Stadionu in Baku, Azerbaijan; the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany and the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy.
London’s Wembley Stadium has secured the top hosting package of both semi-finals and the final.