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Farrell cleared by ticket sale inquiry

27th February 2014 21:02

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Off the hook: Owen Farrell

A Rugby Football Union investigation has absolved England fly-half Owen Farrell of blame after a match ticket allocated to him was sold online for a massive profit.

The ticket for Saturday's Six Nations clash with Ireland at Twickenham, originally worth £70, was purchased by an Irish fan living in London for £440 on a ticketing website, prompting the RFU to look into the circumstances that led to the sale.

Although the investigation is continuing, the RFU has already concluded that Farrell will not be sanctioned.

"Owen Farrell has been absolved of any responsibility for the ticket issued under his name getting into the hands of a secondary ticketing operator and as such is cleared of any wrongdoing. He will therefore not face any sanction," said an RFU spokesman.

"Owen is a young man of the utmost integrity and no blame can be attached to him in this matter.

"Enquiries continue as to the circumstances whereby this ticket was sold above face value, contravening the terms and conditions of sale."

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