Football fans in Hong Kong have been warned to be aware of scalpers, after tickets for a pre-season friendly featuring Inter Miami’s Lionel Messi sold out in one hour.
Inter Miami recently announced an international tour, with a match against a side made up of Hong Kong’s top division footballers at Hong Kong Stadium. Tickets went on sale last week, and quickly sold out.
According to a report from the South China Morning Post, Sports Minister Kevin Yeung Yun-hung and the match’s commercial partner Tatler Asia, has warned disappointed fans without tickets not to turn to ticket touts. They added that tickets came in the form of QR codes.
“A small number of tickets may be going around the internet for resale which could fetch astronomical prices,” Yeung said, as reported by SCMP. “Everyone should be careful, as it is impossible to verify the QR codes ahead of the match.”
Tatler Asia warned fans to not purchase any tickets through any unofficial channels on Instagram.
Yeung was also asked by journalists if there were measures in place to tame ticket scalping, to which the minister replied that authorities had instructed some event organisers to use ‘real names’ on tickets. He added that the government would consider increasing penalties, or adapting the law, to combat ticket scalping.
The match will take place on February 4.