James McDermott: The show is over for the old-style tout but the saga of over-priced tickets goes on

There’s a simple way to end the outrageous exploitation of gig-goers: put our wallets back in our pockets

25th April, 2021
James McDermott: The show is over for the old-style tout but the saga of over-priced tickets goes on
Ordinary fans priced out of attending Six Nations matches years ago may soon discover that they are not even able to watch them on television. Photo: Sportsfile/Getty

People have always been prepared to go to extraordinary lengths to secure tickets for sold-out events. Back in 1964, having just starred in the Royal Variety Performance, the legendary comedian Tommy Cooper found himself being introduced to Queen Elizabeth II.

“Can I ask you a personal question – do you like football?” he asked.

“Not particularly, no,” the queen replied.

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