Governmental bill on fines for illicit trade in Euro-2020 tickets reaches State Duma
MOSCOW, March 5 (RAPSI) – Russia’s Government has submitted to the State Duma a bill envisaging the introduction of administrative punishment for illicit sale or falsification of UEFA EURO 2020 football tournament tickets, the database of the lower house of the Russian Parliament reads on Tuesday.
The bill also envisages penalties for the sale of tickets without a respective contract with UEFA or a relevant authorized organization, as well as the sale of falsified tickets.
Earlier, the Russian Sports Ministry has noted that the practice of imposing administrative penalties for illicit trade in and falsification of tickets proved its efficiency as a mechanism against such offences in the course of the preparation for the FIFA World Football Cup of 2018.
Currently, the Russian Code of Administrative Offences envisages fines for illegal sales of FIFA World Cup of 2018 tickets ranging from 20 to 25-fold price of a ticket for individuals and from 500,000 rubles ($7,600 at the actual exchange rate) to one million rubles ($15,200), or administrative suspension of activities for up to 90 days for legal entities.
As concerns trade in counterfeit FIFA tickets, under the Code the fines make 50,000 to 70,000 rubles ($760 to about $1,000) for individuals, and from 1 to 1,5 million rubles ($15,200 to $23,000), or administrative suspension of activities for up to 90 days for legal entities.