Many of you will have tried to get Newcastle v Sunderland tickets when they went on sale on Tuesday, members snapping up non-season ticket seats within hours.
You are never going to be able to satisfy all Newcastle fans because for the derby demand will always exceed supply.
However, what happened straight afterwards leaves an especially nasty taste in the mouth, particularly if you didn’t get a ticket..
‘If you have a ticket but can’t make the game, you can sell your seat to another fan on viagogo, the official ticket marketplace of Newcastle United.
Don’t let your seat go to waste. Give another supporter the chance to see the game live if you can’t be there.’
The rules of using the club’s ticket partner, viagogo, state ‘You can list your seat at or above match day price’.
What this means is that you aren’t allowed to charge less than match day price, you have to charge match day price or MORE!!!
So within minutes of the Newcastle v Sunderland match selling out, tickets were on sale at (the Newcastle United approved) viagogo as follows;
Leazes End £120 (£100 + £20 viagogo fees)
Gallowgate End £161.30 (£135 + £26.30 viagogo fees)
East Stand £179 (£150 + £29 viagogo fees)
Milburn Stand £200.24 (£168 + £32.24 viagogo fees)
Basically, if you had a spare ticket and tried to sell it outside St.James’ Park at face value you would very likely get nicked.
However, by using this NUFC approved company you can sell your season ticket for 4 or 5 times face value and due to a loophole it is ‘legal’, although clearly immoral for the vast majority of fans.
I know many other clubs use viagogo or similar companies but that does not make it right.
This is ticket touting on a sickening scale and everybody involved should be ashamed of themselves, including/especially those fans who are ripping off fellow supporters.