FIFA files criminal complaint over World Cup ticket sales

first_imgThe legal action filed on Monday was “based on a breach of the law on unfair competition against Viagogo AG with the public prosecutor’s office in Geneva,” soccer’s world governing body said in a statement.“FIFA’s ultimate objective in the fight against the secondary ticket market is to prioritize the safety and security of fans and enforce a fair 2018 FIFA World Cup ticketing pricing scheme,” it said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownFans who buy through unofficial platforms, including Viagogo, for World Cup games in Russia face being denied entry to stadiums.FIFA said it would cancel all tickets it identified as being traded through unauthorized sellers. LATEST STORIES Viagogo’s website was still selling World Cup tickets on Tuesday, including single seats for the June 14 opening game at more than double face value.A category 3 ticket, the cheapest available to non-Russian residents, for Russia vs. Saudi Arabia in Moscow was priced at 474 Swiss francs ($480). The same ticket bought originally through FIFA’s website would cost $220.A ticket in a corporate hospitality section for the same game at Luzhniki Stadium was priced at 5,460 Swiss francs ($5,530) on the Viagogo site.“Prices are set by sellers and may be lower or higher than face value. Prices exclude booking and delivery fees,” Viagogo notes on its World Cup sales page.An email seeking comment from the British-backed company was not immediately answered.ADVERTISEMENT A flag with the logo of the World Cup 2018 on display with the St. Basil’s Cathedral in the background, in Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)GENEVA — FIFA has filed a criminal complaint in Switzerland against online ticket platform Viagogo in its crackdown on unauthorized World Cup sales at marked-up prices.FIFA said on Tuesday it joined other parties filing criminal complaints against alleged “opaque and deceptive business conduct” by Viagogo in the so-called secondary market.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ratings for Game 2 of NBA Finals down slightly Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Viagogo is a platform for holders of tickets for sports events, concerts and shows worldwide to re-sell, typically at a profit. It has official commercial relationships with some sports teams.FIFA’s efforts to crack down on unauthorized ticket sellers requires World Cup host nations to enact new laws. Ticket scalpers were arrested in Johannesburg and Rio de Janeiro at the past two tournaments.The latest legal step followed work with UEFA and the consumer protection agency for Switzerland’s French-speaking region to coordinate action against unauthorized platforms.In January, FIFA said it obtained an injunction in a Hamburg court to ban World Cup ticket sales through Viagogo’s German website.“Any violation of the injunction by the company would be punishable by a fine of up to 250,000 euros ($292,000) or imprisonment for up to six months,” FIFA said in January.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Caricom supports juridical settlement

first_imgVenezuela’s claim to Guyana’s territoryCaribbean Community (Caricom) Heads of Government have again taken a tough position as it stands in support of a juridical settlement for a peaceful resolution of Venezuela’s claim on Guyana’s territory.President David Granger, during the closing press conference of the 37th Regular Meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Government of Caricom at the Pegasus Hotel, on Wednesday night said “This conference was an iteration of Caribbean solidarity… Caricom gave its support to Guyana’s demand that the matter be settled peacefully through a juridical process… The community stands united behind Guyana… We hope that by the time the United Nations [UN] Secretary General demits office at the end of this year, we would have had information confirming that we are going to court to settle this long standing dispute that has affected us for the last 50 years.”Caricom in supporting a juridical settlement via the office of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, acknowledged in its communiqué, which was issued at the close of the Heads of Government meeting, that a resolution would not only serve the interests of Guyana but also Caricom, as this is a regional issue.It states in the communiqué that Caricom “signalled their full confidence in the Secretary General to exercise urgently his authority under the 1966 Geneva Agreement for a choice of options that would bring the controversy to a definitive and judicious conclusion that would be beneficial not only to Guyana but the Caribbean Community as a whole.”President Granger credited Caricom’s united stance for forcing Venezuela to rescind Decree 1.787 issued on May 26, 2015, which extended its maritime zone into the maritime space of many Caricom states. However, that Decree was soon replaced by Decree 1.859 on July 7, 2015.Both Decrees, Guyana Times understands, not only threatens the territorial integrity of large areas of Guyana’s sea and land space but also sea space in the Exclusive Economic zones of Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and other countries in the eastern Caribbean.Recognising that their economic zone is included in the area described in Decree 1.859, Suriname’s President has engaged the Guyanese Head of State to determine how the two countries can work together with Caricom to bring a peaceful resolution to the issue.“Of course we have to look at the border situation with Venezuela and that we stay in line as good neighbours because a lot of countries of the Caribbean are affected by this Decree. We had sent an official note already but we had the time to discuss this with the [CARICOM] Heads so what we wanted to do is to ask His Excellency Granger if we can put our heads together and address this matter for a few of our sister Caribbean States and especially for Suriname and Guyana,” President Bouterse told the media following the meeting.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, who was also present at the meeting between the Guyana and Suriname Head of States, noted that it was Guyana at the 2015 Heads of Government meeting that brought it to the attention of Caricom leaders that Venezuela’s claim was not just a Guyana problem. He noted that it was at that time that Suriname indicated that it had already written to Venezuela on the matter of their sea space, which was included in Decree 1.859.The Minister said the two countries are now exploring how they can work together to ensure a peaceful resolution to the matter.“A route to dealing with the border challenges has been identified… that can take us further and further away from a confrontation or conflictual resolution of the problem. That is what we want and in a sense that is what Suriname raised; the issue of trying to find a way forward that will avoid conflict and I am happy that they took that approach… The route starts with first recognising that you have common bilateral goals and interests. The two countries… [a] set of people with fairly common history and with resources that they can work with to exploit and if they don’t do that, they will find themselves both poor and both losing the synergy of having combined intellect, combined human resources and so forth,” The Foreign Minister said.While Venezuela’s Decree 1.859 is in conflict with the established United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and could have been resolved using the set guidelines and rules therein, Venezuela has not signed or acceded to that Convention, though it maintains observer status.Article 15 of the Convention states that “Where the coasts of two States are opposite or adjacent to each other, neither of the two States is entitled, failing agreement between them to the contrary, to extend its territorial sea beyond the median line every point of which is equidistant from the nearest points on the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial seas of each of the two States is measured.”last_img read more

Inter eyeing January swoop for Giroud

first_imgBack at Chelsea, Giroud is thought to have become frustrated by the lack of opportunities under manager Frank Lampard this season.The former Arsenal star, who signed a one-year contract extension over the summer after the club utilised a clause in his previous deal, has only made two starts this season and the 33-year-old has spoken of the frustration of spending much of the campaign so far sat on the bench.There has been plenty of recent speculation regarding the forward’s future and now Inter Milan are thought to have joined the hunt to land the Frenchman.Inter bolstered their attacking ranks over the summer with the arrival of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez from Manchester United.However, manager Antonio Conte is eager to add to his strike force and is thought to have identified Giroud as a target, having worked with the forward during his time at Stamford Bridge.With less than six months left on his current deal, Giroud could be a bargain deal, with reports suggesting £6m might be enough to land the player.Chelsea’s inability to bring in a replacement due to their current transfer ban could be the only snagging point in any potential switch to the Serie A giants for World Cup-winner Giroud.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Inter eyeing January swoop for GiroudLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 15 – Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud appears to be headed for the Stamford Bridge exit in January, with Inter Milan tipped to make a move for the France international.The Blues forward came to the rescue for France on Thursday night as he bagged a 79th-minute winner from the penalty spot to help Les Bleus edge past Moldova 2-1 in Paris.last_img read more