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Ticket touts at Euro 2020 could be fined up to £5,000 under new proposals

By Lewis McKenzie, PA Scotland Political Reporter

Touts who attempt to sell tickets for matches at the Euro 2020 football tournament could be fined up to £5,000 under a new law.

Legislation is under consideration by MSPs at the Scottish Parliament which would make it a crime to tout tickets for profit, either in person, via secondary resale sites or privately.

The move comes ahead of Glasgow being one of 12 host cities for the UEFA international tournament, with an estimated 200,000 people expected to visit.

Europe Minister Ben Macpherson said the Scottish Government is determined to ensure that as many fans as possible are able to enjoy matches.

"Glasgow has become one of the world's top cities for major sporting events, and Euro 2020 will build on the success of hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the European Championships last year," said Mr Macpherson.

"As well as bringing thousands of people into the city and increasing trade for shops, restaurants and hotels, these tournaments help showcase Scotland as an outward-looking, welcoming nation.

"The Scottish Government is determined to support fair access to tickets so that as many fans as possible can enjoy the matches, which is why we're making touting a criminal offence. This will help ensure that Euro 2020 tickets are not sold at vastly inflated prices."

Councillor David McDonald, depute leader of Glasgow City Council and chair of Glasgow Life, said: "Glasgow has a fantastic reputation for hosting spectacular major sporting events, and for exceeding expectations whilst also setting new high standards for championships and competitions across the globe.

"We achieved our title as one of the top five sporting cities in the world by consistently punching above our weight in the sporting world - and that has included prioritising spectators to our events, ensuring fans and visitors to the city have an enjoyable experience.

"The UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill will allow us to make sure as many people as possible can get to the four Euro 2020 matches at Hampden, and without overpaying touts attempting to gain from reselling tickets."