Scottish soccer fans will be unable to resell tickets to next year’s Euro 2020.
MSPs recently voted unanimously in favor of the UEFA European Championship Bill, BBC reports, banning the resale of tickets for next summer’s finals with intent to make profit. Ticket touts will face a fine up to £5,000 under the new legislation. Scotland is the latest to announce the ban, following Ireland’s decision in 2018.
The EURO 2020 will run from June 12 to July 12, 2020. Tickets have already went on sale for qualifying teams earlier this month, with 12,000 tickets available in Glasgow, as well as Amsterdam, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, and London for round of 16. Supporters were able to apply for tickets through December 18; new application conditions allow fans to “follow their team” and will be reimbursed if their team is knocked-out of the competition.
Over the summer, the UEFA received 19.3 million requests for the 1.5 million available tickets. As a part of the new “fan first” ticketing strategy implemented by UEFA, 82 percent of the three million tickets were allocated for fans following backlash from supports over the proportions of seats available during the Champions League and Europa League finals.
Glasgow is one of the 12 host cities at Euro 2020, and Hamden will stage three group matches, as well as a last-16 tie from June 15 to 30. Scotland is slated to take-on Israel in a play-off semi-final match in March.