Two stubs of complementary Bradford City tickets were last night sold for more than £2,000 on eBay as desperate fans scramble to get tickets for the Capital One cup final at Wembley.
City bosses last night condemned as ‘disgraceful’ those fans selling their Bantams’ ticket stubs for hugely more than the original face value.
Listings for stubs started appearing on internet auction site eBay last weekend, shortly after City announced that anyone wanting to buy any of the remaining 2,500 tickets for its Capital One Cup final against Swansea must produce a stub from a home league game this season.
Last night, one fan had bid £2,050 for the home match ticket stubs from Saturday’s game against Gillingham which were put up on the auction website for just 99p... which may not even get the bidder a cup final ticket.
Four more ticket stubs had gone well over £1,100 last night, and at least seven other sets of tickets were being auctioned.
Other fans turned to social networking sites Twitter and Facebook to offer their ticket stubs, saying they were willing to accept offers.
But David Baldwin, Bantams’ director of operations, yesterday branded it “disgraceful behaviour” and vowed to take action against those caught buying and selling stubs.
“We will take any means possible to sift them out to make sure genuine supporters can come to the final,” he said.
“It’s not in the spirit of what this is about.”
He also reiterated that having a stub did not necessarily mean supporters would be able to buy a ticket for the final on Sunday, February 24. The demand is far greater than the amount of tickets available,” he said.
The club has revealed details of how it will oversee the general sale of Wembley tickets. Fans will be able to buy a maximum of two tickets each, on a first come, first served basis at the ticket office.