Internet portal opens online sale of World Cup tickets

The 2006 World Cup Organising Committee recently opened an Internet ticket portal, providing fans with the chance to return match tickets or legally transfer them to other supporters, an AFP report said.
The report said the Internet portal on would be open from March 27 until April 9 and would reopen on May 1 until two days before each individual game.
Ticket holders could return tickets for resale and, if resold, the seller would receive the full amount they paid for the ticket, the report said.
"The portal offers interested fans another chance to purchase a match ticket and represents an additional sales channel," Horst R. Schmidt, vice-president of the Organising Committee, was quoted by AFP as saying. "The ticket platform helps combat the black market. There is absolutely no reason to purchase tickets via other channels."
Black market tickets had already surfaced online but organisers warned fans that they risked wasting their money by buying through irregular channels, the report said.