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You have got to sell when you can, not when you want.

You have got to sell when you can, not when you want.

In order to protect the fans and fight against the illegal resale of tickets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, FIFA filed an application to the Geneva Prosecutor's Office on June 4, 2018 to initiate criminal proceedings against Viagogo AG for violation of the antitrust legislation.

Over the past few months, FIFA has received many complaints from fans, consumer societies and other participants of the market regarding dishonest acts of Viagogo AG. FIFA could not stand aside and took the same measures as other interested parties - filed an application for criminal proceedings against Viagogo for unfair competition in Switzerland.

The main objective of FIFA in the fight against resale of tickets is to ensure the safety and security of fans by conducting an honest pricing policy when selling tickets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches. Recently, FIFA held a fruitful meeting with UEFA, where the parties agreed to jointly combat the illegal ticket sales and establish cooperation with the Romand Federation of Consumers of Switzerland (FRC), an organization that fights for the protection of the rights of French-speaking consumers in Switzerland and actively fights with the sale of tickets through unauthorized channels.

FIFA reminds all fans that the only official website for buying tickets to the 2018 FIFA World Cup is FIFA.com/bilet.

However, there is a situation in the Russian segment of the Internet when the official website of FIFA is not the top one when you search for sellers of tickets to the World Cup (at least in Yandex and Google). Moreover, these fake sites, unlike Viagogo, use FIFA trademarks. Why are there no sanctions imposed on these websites by FIFA, Roskomnadzor and law enforcement agencies of Russia?

Editors of FansHotline24 asked for a comment from the leading lawyer of the European Legal Service – Ms. Rail Gizyatova.

In accordance with the Federal Law dates as July 27, 2006 No. 149-FZ "Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection" the Federal Executive Authority which is entrusted with the controlling and supervising functions in the field of mass media, mass communications, information technology and communications, namely Roskomnadzor, was given the opportunity to block websites that contain information that is false and contradicts current legislation. So, in particular, for the distribution (sale, resale, exchange or other use, connected or not to profit-making) of tickets to the matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup or documents giving the right to receive them, without the conclusion of a relevant agreement with FIFA or authorized organizations of FIFA constitutes an administrative offence with liability in the form of an administrative fine in the amount of 20 to 25 times the price of the entrance fee for the 2018 FIFA World Cup match for natural persons, 25 to 30 times the price for natural persons involved in entrepreneurial activity. In this regard the cost of the entrance ticket is understood as the price of the entrance ticket to the 2018 FIFA FIFA World Cup match, set by FIFA and indicated on the entrance ticket to the World Cup match.

Therefore, any case of selling an entrance ticket to a 2018 FIFA World Cup match entails responsibility. But at the moment, only a few citizens are have been held liable. Moreover, Roskomnadzor does not take measures to block websites, where tickets for the World Cup are being sold openly. To answer the question why this happens, you can turn to Roskomnadzor itself. One of the main reasons and grounds for refusing to block the fake websites is the absence of a relevant statement on the violation of the law, or the absence of a relevant court decision. Roskomnadzor has to act on the basis of a court decision, or authorized bodies.