The offices of German ticketing giant CTS Eventim recently were raided by law enforcement officials as part of an investigation into a ticket scandal with the 2006 World Cup, which was held in that country.
According to press reports, prosecutors are investigating how ticket brokers and resellers were able to secure about 70,000 tickets to the event, which the “touts,” as they are often referred to in Europe, resold. CTS Eventim was the official ticketing company for the 2006 World Cup.
The raid of the offices reportedly took place on September 17. “We will be doing everything to help clear up the matter,” a company spokesperson told German news organizations.
What, if anything, was seized in the raid is not known. Authorities are also speaking with officials with Germany’s soccer federation as part of the investigation.
To what extent FIFA, the governing body of the World Cup, is involved in the investigation is not known. FIFA has tried to crack down on ticket resale surrounding the global soccer tournament, but its efforts have not stopped some tickets from ending up in the hands of resellers.
Though a dominant ticketing company throughout Europe, CTS Eventim has suffered some setbacks in recent months. The company was dumped by Live Nation as its ticketing partner earlier in the year, following the completion of Live Nation’s merger with Ticketmaster, which led to CTS Eventim filing an arbitration grievance over the merger. The grievance is still pending.
In addition, German authorities also are investigating potential anti-trust issues surrounding Eventim’s planned acquisition of rival ticketing company See Tickets Germany and Online Ticket Group.