Viagogo – Another football club in the hands of Viagogo

Germany’s Schalke 04 has become the latest top European football club to go into partnership with Viagogo, embracing a business that other sports argue is pricing fans out of stadiums.
Once the preserve of shady figures in side streets, the sale of spare tickets for big sports matches has moved on to the internet with the development of sites like Viagogo.
While a growing number of soccer clubs are happy to work with the websites and tap an additional source of revenue, the rulers of English rugby and cricket argue that online sales inflate the price of tickets beyond the reach of many core fans.
Ed Parkinson, head of marketing at Viagogo, stated “We’re removing all of that murkiness and insecurity. The deal with Schalke for example is club endorsed, people know the ticket will be genuine and it’s simple to use”.
Viagogonow has agreements with 10 soccer clubs in Germany’s Bundesliga, 10 in the English Premier League including champions Manchester City and Chelsea, and a further 10 across Europe.
The sale of these tickets online at above face value has angered many fans and that backlash was a factor in the abrupt termination in December 2012of Viagogo’s partnership with Bundesliga club Hamburg SV.

Come on Football fans, let’s get together and stop Viagogofrom preventing real fans from being able to buy tickets to games.


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