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NZ Rugby cancels 'fraudulent' All Blacks match tickets

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New Zealand Rugby has cancelled more than 700 tickets for an All Blacks test match against South Africa.

The sport's governing body in New Zealand said they were "fraudulent" tickets because they had been re-sold on the secondary market.

The match in Wellington on 27 July is nearly sold out.

A spokesman said sports fans who bought tickets from Viagogo and other re-sellers ran the risk of not being allowed in.

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CMA says Viagogo is still breaching the rules

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The Competition and Markets Authority has responded to Viagogo's announcement that it is complying with its rules over the display of face value ticket prices on its website.

The CMA says that does not mean the ticketing website is complying with all the terms of the court order it secured in November 2018.

“Today’s judgement does not mean that Viagogo is compliant with the court order the CMA secured against it. We still think that Viagogo is breaching parts of the order and so continue to move forward with legal proceedings for contempt of court against the site in relation to those concerns.

“Importantly, today’s judgement confirms that Viagogo cannot use ‘hover over text’ unless specifically allowed by the order and it needs to stop displaying important information about deadlines under its guarantee in this way.

“Although the court found that information about face value prices can be displayed with hover over text on one page of the site, Viagogo must still display this information on two other separate places on the face of its website."

Viagogo claims victory

The Arctic Monkeys' manager has called for Viagogo to be shut down
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The Arctic Monkeys' manager has called for Viagogo to be shut down

Viagogo says it has successfully proved that it complies with an order from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) over the display of face value ticket prices on its website.

"We originally disagreed with the CMA on this, and today’s announcement validates our position and demonstrates clearly the necessity of being able to challenge the CMA’s authority. It is clear there remains continued, yet unfounded resistance from the CMA to our role in the market," said Cris Miller, managing director of Viagogo.

Even so, the CMA is still taking the ticketing website to court, alleging it has not done enough to change its business practices.

On Wednesday, Google suspended the ticketing site as an advertiser.