LFC statement: Supporters found selling Champions League tickets will be banned
Liverpool Football club has released a statement today urging fans to avoid buying tickets from third-party sites.
The statement goes a step further by warning any fans about re-selling tickets that were attained via the ballot.
The statement from Liverpoolfc.com: "Fans are warned that buying tickets via unofficial online sources does not guarantee tickets are genuine or that they will actually receive them.
"As part of its commitment to tackle ticket touting, the club has created a test purchase programme to help protect supporters from purchasing via unauthorised ticketing sites. The programme aims to identify and stop these sales.
"While selling or offering to sell tickets without the permission of the club is a criminal offence, LFC also intends to impose sanctions on any supporters found to be selling tickets through unofficial secondary ticketing sites.
"Sanctions could include ticket-buying suspensions and indefinite bans from Anfield. It could also mean that any tickets for the Champions League final in Madrid are invalid, and purchasers will be unable to gain access to Estadio Metropolitano."
Within a few hours of the ballot being open and fans finding out whether or not they'd been successful, tickets had begun to appear on re-seller sites for between £2600 to £30,000.