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Scotland criminalises touting of Euro 2020 passes

A new piece of legislation passed by the Scottish government will see ticket touts fined up to £5,000 ($6,175/€5,636) if caught reselling Euro 2020 passes.

The UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill criminalises touting for profit, either in person, on the secondary market or privately.

MSPs voted unanimously in favour of the bill on Tuesday.

Scotland’s Europe Minister Ben Macpherson said: “It’s great that Parliament has unanimously passed this Bill, which will prevent unfair ticket touting, help deliver four successful Euro 2020 matches at Hampden Park, create a fan zone in the centre of Glasgow throughout the tournament, and further enhance Scotland’s excellent reputation for hosting major sporting events.

“By ensuring fair access to tickets through this ticket touting ban, and by facilitating top-class football entertainment in the George Square Football Village, as well as in the Merchant City Fanzone, this law will help make sure that as many fans as possible have the chance to experience Euro 2020 when it comes to Glasgow next year.”

Four Euro 2020 games will be played at Hampden Park next June, with Glasgow being one of the 12 host cities for the pan-European national team competition.

An estimated 200,000 people are expected to descend on the Scottish city for the tournament.

Fans who secure tickets and can no longer attend will be given the option to re-sell their tickets through the official UEFA platform. Ticket resale details will be announced in spring 2020.

The 12-host city event is scheduled to be held from June 12 in Rome until the final at Wembley Stadium, London on July 12.

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