Colombian FA fined for WC ticket racket

Bogota, Jul 7 (IANS) | Publish Date: 7/7/2020 9:49:43 AM IST

The Colombian football federation (FCF) has been fined for irregularities related to the sale of World Cup qualifying tickets, the country’s competition authority has said.

The Superintendency of Industry and Commerce (SIC), as the watchdog is known, said the FCF, two merchandise companies and 17 people were ordered to pay 18.35 billion pesos ($4.9 million).
Individuals sanctioned include Colombian football federation  president Ramon Jesurun and his predecessor Luis Bedoya.
Superintendency of Industry and Commerce  said the group formed a cartel that sold tickets for World Cup qualifiers from October 2015 to October 2017 at “excessively high prices.”
The scheme was allowed to prosper after Bogota-based firm Ticketshop was awarded the right to sell match tickets without a competitive bidding process, according to investigators.
Another company, Ticketya, was then hired to resell tickets at up to 3.5 times their original value, SIC said.
The Colombian football federation (FCF) has denied any wrongdoing and said it would appeal the decision.

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