England fans face Qatar World Cup ban if they use £16k black market tickets

Fans could be turned away from World Cup games in Qatar if they have bought tickets on the black market.

Seats for the tournament, which kicks off in November, are being sold online at inflated prices, with tickets for the final an eye-watering £16,000.

A spot at England's opening game against Iran is being sold for £1,268, while seats for Wales' clash with the USA are being priced at £1,305. But FIFA has slapped a ban on ticket sales to third parties and fans with seats in someone else’s name could be turned away at the turnstile.

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Qatar 2022 executive Omar al-Jaber warned: "Our message to everyone is that you have to have a fan ID, a match ticket and accommodation.”

FIFA's rules say fans can only resell seats via official channels – and cannot make a profit. Kevin Miles, Football Supporters' Association boss, added: "There is a real risk buying on the black market."

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Qatari government officials have also reiterated that travelling fans must have tickets and official FIFA IDs, dashing the hopes of thousands who were planning to buy them after arriving. The stern policy comes as a result of Qatar reportedly not having the accommodation capacity for ticketless fans.

That means many of the regular travelling England support will miss out as the Three Lions take on Iran on November 21 at the Khalifa International Stadium. Gareth Southgate's men will then face the USA on the 25th and Wales on the 29th.

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