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Making a killing: tickets for Hong Kong v China World Cup game appear online at up to 20 times face value

HKFA vice-chairman admits even he was unable to buy tickets through official channels

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 November, 2015, 1:31pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 November, 2015, 1:45pm

Tickets for the much-anticipated Hong Kong v China World Cup qualifier are being offered online for between 6-20 times face value on Thursday, 24 hours after angry fans were left frustrated by official sales website Cityline.

Lucky speculators who managed to get through to Cityline’s sales page on Wednesday were apparently seeking to cash in, with 28 tickets offered on ticket reselling website viagogo.com for prices ranging from HK$680 to HK$3,000.

The face value of full-price tickets for the November 17 game is HK$150.

Around 3,000 tickets were put on sale by the Hong Kong Football Association on Cityline on Wednesday, but the website – which has regularly failed to cope with in-demand events – predictably failed to cope.

A further 1,000 concession tickets for students and pensioners were sold at Mong Kok Stadium and online, with fans queuing overnight for them.

“Tickets have to be collected at Mong Kok Stadium next week – I wonder where these so-called resellers are getting them,” said Pui Kwan-kay, vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Football Association.

Pui said even he couldn’t get on to Cityline on Wednesday, and nor could any of the employees at his construction company.

He said it was very frustrating and the HKFA should consider new arrangements in future.

The HKFA wanted to hold the game at the 40,000-seat Hong Kong Stadium, but the LCSD said the new pitch would not be able to cope with the match nine days after it hosts the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Qualifiers.