Leicester City tickets on sale for £15,000

Tickets for the game that could see Leicester City win the Premiership are on sale at a huge mark-up

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Leicester City v Southampton - Barclays Premier League - King Power Stadium

Tickets for Leicester City's final home game of the season are up for sale on ticket resale sites for a shocking £15,000 for a pair. The match on 7 May against Everton could see Leicester take the Premiership title, and when tickets went up for sale yesterday they were snapped up in a record time of just 90 minutes, Now it appears that some people are looking to cash in.

Demand

Fans were queueing outside the King Power Stadium as early as 6am - ready for when tickets went on sale at 9am. The club said they had never seen such demand in person, on the phone and online.

It's no wonder. The club is seven points clear at the top of the table, with five games to go, and fans are determined to watch their club take the title. The match could potentially see them take an untouchable lead - and start the premiership party.

It's also hardly surprising there's a demand for second-hand tickets - and no surprise that some people are looking to cash in. Ticketbis, for example, is offering away tickets for between £495 per ticket and £1,325.77 per ticket. For home fans, meanwhile, they range between £2,600 each and £7,869.14.

Risk

However, buying them is fraught with risk. A club spokesman told the Leicester Mercury: "The unauthorised sale of football tickets is a criminal offence under UK law. Leicester City Football Club will take action against any ticket touting or any attempt to resell tickets for above their face value. We encourage all supporters to report any such activity to the Club."

If the club suspects the tickets have been resold, they can refuse you admission to the game. If you buy through websites with no guarantees in place, or direct through sites like Gumtree or eBay, then things could get even worse for you.

Sellers may be advertising fakes, they could be selling away tickets and pretending they are for home fans, they may be advertising tickets that don't exist, and they may be after your banking details so they can carry out further fraud.

Reaction

All this means many diehard fans will miss out. Leicester City operates a membership system, which means fans get early access in order to buy tickets. Unfortunately, the speed at which they sold out means many who had paid for membership still failed to get tickets.

Many have taken to social media to express their disappointment. One commented on news they had sold out, saying: "@LCFC where did they go as not all gold or family members were able to get them....??" Another added: "@LCFC how is that possible when no one seems to have been able to get them? Who have you sold them too?"

Even those who aren't Leicester fans are feeling their pain. One commented: "Anybody selling tickets in this way are a disgrace!! It's a once in a lifetime chance and the real fans should see it." Another added: "Leicester tickets for the last game of the season going for £15,000! Disgraceful, stopping genuine fans from seeing them win the league!"

One fan has decided the solution would be to put up big screens outside the ground for fans to watch the final game of the season - away to Chelsea. He has launched a petition to try to persuade the club to run an event. So far more than 6,500 people have signed up.

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