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Football news: Chelsea take legal action against 11 ticket touts

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Chelsea take legal action against 11 ticket touts, with one given a six-month jail sentence... and they have to pay back the club £170,000Chelsea will have an undercover operation throughout 2019-20 seasonThe touts have been ordered to pay back Chelsea costs in trying to combat themOne of the touts given six-month prison sentence after breaching injunction 

Chelsea have confirmed they have taken legal action against 11 ticket touts in a bid to curb illegal sales outside Stamford Bridge.

As part of an undercover operation to combat touts, one of the 11 has been given a six-month jail sentence as the Blues battle the practice on and around match days.

They have been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for contempt of court in connection with an injunction. 

Chelsea have confirmed they are taking legal action against 11 ticket touts

The High Court has ordered injunctions which stop the touts from trading in tickets to home matches well as preventing them from loitering or waiting near Stamford Bridge prior to matchdays.

All of the touts in question have been ordered to pay the costs run up by Chelsea in trying to combat ticket touting at the Bridge, a total the Blues claim is over £170,000.

In a statement posted on the Chelsea website they confirmed the undercover operation would continue throughout the season and that more deterrents would be seen outside Stamford Bridge. 

'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 has been working on an undercover operation to curb illegal ticket sales

'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.'

The operation targets touts outside Stamford Bridge on and around match days

 

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