An Abbots Langley man has been sentenced after admitting to selling on a football ticket.
Steven Payne, 34, of Summerhouse Way, appeared in Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, November 23, where he pleaded guilty to a charge of selling or otherwise disposing of a ticket for a designated football match.
According to court documents, he sold the ticket, being an unauthorised person to do so, in Islington on November 8.
Under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, the secondary sale of football tickets is illegal without express authorisation from the club. This is to prevent the practice of ‘touting’: selling tickets for higher than face value.
The biggest football match held in the borough on that day was Arsenal vs Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League group stage at the Emirates Stadium; however, it is not confirmed that the ticket was for that game.
Payne was given a conditional discharge, with a one-year period, and was ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £26 surcharge. The £111 total is to be paid through £20 instalments monthly from December 13.
An appeal was made by the prosecution to ban Payne from football grounds, but this was refused by the court.
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