A TICKETING firm has defended its decision to help sell United tickets for up to £2,348 each.
Yesterday, an eagle-eyed United fan spotted that Viagogo’s Spanish site had allowed dozens of people to sell dozens of tickets for sale for United’s home match against Real Madrid.
Some were in the away end, some were in the hospitality section of the quadrants and some were in the home end – mostly in the North Stand.
The fan asked United about it and a ticket officer worker replied by saying: “Thank you for the information provided.
“We do take these issues seriously regarding tickets falling into the wrong hands.
“I can confirm websites are monitored regularly to establish where these tickets come from and appropriate action is taken.
“Please note these have not been provided to them from Manchester United.
“We will investigate this further and the matter will be dealt with accordingly.”
Shortly after Reds Away contacted Viagago, the home-end non-exec tickets disappeared from sale.
Viagogo, which makes a commission on every ticket sold, said they removed the tickets after they had been displayed for sale due to a “data inputting error.”
Under Spanish law, it is not doing anything illegal by offering tickets for sale over face value.
A Viagogo spokesman said: “We are an authorised ticket reseller of Manchester United hospitality packages and resell a small allocation of hospitality packages on viagogo.co.uk.
“Our Spanish site, viagogo.es, is open to Real Madrid fans who want to resell their away tickets for the Champions League match at Old Trafford.
“These tickets aren’t available to buyers in the United Kingdom due to the restrictions on the resale of football tickets in the UK, with which we comply.”
The top price for these away-end tickets on Spanish Viagogo was e2,711 – or £2,348.
The cheapest was e568 – £492.
The spokesman added: “Ticket prices are set by the seller.
“Ultimately the buyer makes a personal choice about the tickets which are the right price and location for them.
“If people list their tickets for extortionate prices, they rarely sell, and we often see that they come down in price.”