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FIFA obtains preliminary injunction against viagogo

The Hamburg District Court has issued a preliminary injunction against Switzerland-based viagogo AG, banning the corporate from providing tickets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ by the use of its viagogo.de on-line price ticket market previous to FIFA formally allocating such tickets and/or to viagogo AG bodily possessing them. Any violation of the injunction by way of the corporate could be punishable by way of a superb of as much as EUR 250,000 or imprisonment for as much as six months.

The courtroom held that viagogo AG was once main possible price ticket patrons to imagine that it had legitimate and deliverable tickets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, even supposing this was once now not the case. The courtroom deemed this behaviour to be deceptive and in violation of the German Unfair Competition Act (UWG). It additionally discovered that providing (overpriced) tickets that weren’t but to be had constituted a “deliberate obstruction” to FIFA with reference to its price ticket gross sales.

FIFA very much welcomes the verdict of the Hamburg District Court with this preliminary injunction, which can give protection to fanatics against viagogo AG’s deceptive marketing campaign and lend a hand save you them from purchasing overpriced tickets at the secondary marketplace. At the similar time, it is going to lend a hand safeguard FIFA’s fair-price price ticket and distribution device for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Before April 2018, when FIFA will begin to distribute bodily tickets to fanatics, dealers within the secondary marketplace will in all probability now not be capable to ensure the supply of tickets, since they’re going to now not have them of their ownership. Fans buying from unauthorised assets will subsequently run the danger of now not receiving the tickets that they ordered and paid for. 

2018 FIFA World Cup tickets are solely that can be purchased at FIFA.com/tickets. In addition, MATCH Hospitality AG and its authorized gross sales brokers be offering ticket-inclusive hospitality applications at hospitality.fifa.com/hospitality2018. No different web pages or events might legitimately promote tickets for the event. FIFA regards the illicit sale and distribution of tickets as a significant factor and perspectives the protection implications of the unauthorised switch and/or resale of tickets as being of paramount significance. In mild of the above, we inspire fanatics to not acquire tickets from unauthorised platforms/dealers.

FIFA is entitled to void any price ticket bought by the use of unauthorised distribution channels, together with all tickets bought via viagogo AG. During the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, FIFA and native government will habits strict admission assessments.

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