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Thomas Cook collapse invalidates sports tickets

Sports fans across the UK are in limbo waiting to hear whether their tickets purchased through Thomas Cook are still valid.

The holiday booking company, which also runs ticket packaging arm Thomas Cook Sport, went into liquidation on Monday after failing to secure the £250m it needed to remain afloat.

Following its collapse, packages and tickets immediately became invalid.

Several Premier League clubs use the service for domestic, UEFA Champions League and Europa League match packages, including Liverpool.

The Anfield club released a statement yesterday, which directed fans that purchased tickets through Thomas Cook Sport to a form that would be followed up by an email to confirm the next steps.

It said: “Thomas Cook sells 360 hospitality packages for each of our home games at Anfield. Our priority is to resolve the impact on those supporters for the next two home games at Anfield – Salzburg on Wednesday, October 2 and Leicester City on Saturday, October 5.

“We continue to liaise with Thomas Cook to assess the impact on supporters who have purchased hospitality packages from them.”

Manchester United has Europa League games away to AZ Alkmaar on October 3, Partizan Belgrade on October 24 and Astana, of Kazakhstan, on November 28.

United said of their travel partners: “They have pre-sold a small number of tickets and hospitality for some home matches this season, along with travel packages to two upcoming UEFA Europa League away games.

“As soon as we were aware of their potential insolvency, we started to work through contingency plans and we will endeavour to contact affected Manchester United fans who had booked direct via Thomas Cook.”

Chelsea said that they would pay for alternative travel arrangements for fans who had booked for the Champions League game against Lille in France on October 2.

The Stamford Bridge club said it would also cover the costs of travel for fans who booked through Thomas Cook for the Premier League game at Southampton on October 6.

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