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France’s LFP wins ticketing dispute

France’s Ligue De Football Professionnel (LFP) has been backed in a ticketing dispute with an unnamed representative of the France Sport Agency in a court judgement.

The Annecy Correctional Court found that the individual had fraudulently acquired nearly 600 tickets allocated for AS Monaco fans at the 2018 Coupe de la Ligue final against Paris Saint-Germain, the eventual winner.

The tickets were sold online without the consent of the LFP.

The France Sport Agency was given a €5,000 fine, as well as a ban on being active within the sports event and travel sector for five years.

The LFP was compensated for the damage as a civil party “to the tune of one symbolic euro” and was also given €5,000 towards costs. 

The LFP also said in a release: “The Correctional Court stressed that the accused could not seriously claim that he was not aware of the regulations, if only by the chosen procedure that characterises fraudulent intent alone, and because he already had professional experience in the field of travel agencies dedicated to sporting events, and that he had been the subject of a formal notice for similar facts by the French Rugby Federation.”

The LFP oversees and organises the top two professional leagues in France – Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. 

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