MSPs consider a new law to stop ticket touts cashing in on Euro 2020

A new piece of legislation will mean touts trying to sell tickets for matches at Euro 2020, could face a fine of £5,000.

The law being considered at Holyrood would make it illegal for anyone to tout tickets for profit, in person, via middleman resale sites or privately.

Glasgow will be one of 12 host cities for Euro 2020, with 200,000 fans expected to descend to the city.

Ben MacPherson, Europe Minister for the Scottish Government, said: “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.

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