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Euro 2012 ticket touts doing brisk business

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Desperate Spanish and Italian football fans say they’ve resorted to the black market to get tickets for Sunday’s Euro 2012 final in Ukraine.

The two nations are due to battle it out in front of 60,000 supporters at Kiev’s Olympic stadium.

Football officials claim the cheaper category 3 tickets have all sold out, leaving fans with no other option than to pay up to 600 euros for more expensive seats.

Euronews visited several ticket points in the capital Kiev and found only the more expensive category 1 and 2 tickets were left. Several fans told us that touts are charging up to four times the official price.

“It is impossible to buy the cheapest tickets allocated to the Spanish football federation at the official outlets,” said Jose from Seville, Spain.

“Yeah you can find tickets, if you’re prepared to pay 200 euros for a 50 euro ticket. The tickets have someone else’s name on them, unless they’re from the Spanish football federation,” he added.

Yuri, a Ukrainian living in Barcelona told us: “On the other hand, the stadium could be half empty. So maybe tomorrow they’ll be giving the tickets away.”

Some fans had been extra-confident that their team would make it to the final: “I bought my tickets many months ago on the UEFA website.” said Italian fan Angelo. “The price was reasonable. The category 3 tickets were 50 or 55 euros.”