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Chelsea take legal action against ticket touts as 11 are charged and one jailed

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Chelsea have taken legal action against 11 ticket touts, resulting in one going to prison for six months.

The Blues are currently running an undercover operation to combat the touts and will continue to do so throughout the coming season.

High Court injunctions will now prevent the touts from operating near Stamford Bridge on matchdays.

The club has confirmed they “will act to fully enforce these orders”.

Chelsea have taken out two prior High Court injunctions, with the tout who was sent to prison being punished for breaching his.

All 11 will also have to repay the costs the club incurred while putting a stop to their behaviour.

The total figure is around £170,000.

Chelsea’s campaign is widely expected to lead to other club’s getting involved as the Premier League looks to stamp out ticket touting.

The club issued a statement, saying: “Ticket touting is known to have links to organised crime.

“The above action taken against touts operating around Stamford Bridge sends a strong message to others looking to engage in such criminal and anti-social behaviour.

“Chelsea Football Club already employs a series of visible preventative measures on matchdays to protect our supporters from touting, including signage outside the stadium and along the Fulham Road to inform visitors of the risks of purchasing tickets from unofficial sources. We have also agreed the installation of additional signage and matchday messages at Fulham Broadway station.

“The club operates a Ticket Exchange policy which enables season ticket holders and members who cannot attend a match the opportunity to lawfully sell their ticket in a safe, secure and reliable online environment to other season ticket holders and members.

“We remain committed to working alongside the Metropolitan Police and Local Authority to eradicate ticket touting from Stamford Bridge and will continue to operate a comprehensive and long-term operation to combat this problem.

“We will also continue to work alongside other organisations and venues on anti-touting techniques.

“This football club will not tolerate touting and will continue to identify offenders and take further legal action through the Courts to ensure that our club and the surrounding area are safe for our loyal supporters and visitors. Individuals found in possession of unlawfully purchased tickets will be refused entry to the stadium or removed from it.

“We welcome information from supporters in our efforts to eradicate this problem - you can contact the club if you have information or are otherwise concerned about ticket touting using toutinfo@chelseafc.com.”


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