Wales discovers illegal ticket selling operation

Date published: March 7 2017

The Welsh Rugby Union has obtained a High Court injunction against an unofficial ticketing operation which was re-selling tickets and operating unofficial hospitality for the 2017 Six Nations matches at Principality Stadium.

Evental Ltd was the subject of a ruling by the High Court of Justice at a hearing in London on 1st March.

The ruling prevents Evental Ltd, its director or anyone acting on its instruction from breaching the terms and conditions of sale of WRU tickets by selling them on for profit.

It is against the WRU’s ticket terms and conditions to re-sell tickets above face value anywhere other than via its officially licenced secondary market website, Seatwave – which is itself subject to detailed regulation to ensure profits made stay in Welsh Rugby and to protect consumers.

The only other official ticket sources are the WRU’s sole off-site hospitality operator Events International, WRU onsite hospitality, WRU member clubs and official travel partner Gullivers Sports Travel.

As part of the court proceedings, Evental Ltd was required to reveal both where their tickets had been sourced and to whom they had been sold.

As a result, the WRU is aware of around 200 tickets for the forthcoming Wales v Ireland match in Cardiff which have been sold on to other parties in breach of the WRU’s ticketing terms and conditions, and is taking steps to cancel these tickets.

The Wales versus Ireland Six Nations fixture at Principality Stadium on Friday 10th March has sold-out.

The WRU has made a commitment to look into the individual circumstances surrounding purchases and say they will do what it can to help individuals who have purchased in good faith, but wishes to remind supporters that it cannot guarantee access to bearers of tickets bought from unofficial sources.

The WRU was awarded £21,338 by way of costs and damages.