Dozens of Icelanders who had purchased tickets to last night’s football game between Iceland and France at the EURO 2016 were unable to attend, RÚV reports.
They included a group of 77 people who arrived in Paris on a charter flight and had paid more than ISK 50,000 (USD 406, EUR 365) per ticket, but could not enter the stadium. They had purchased their tickets from a man who advertised them on Facebook and who sold a total of 450 tickets.
The people are reportedly very angry and disappointed.
The man who sold them the tickets showed up at Stade de France only 40 minutes before the game, where anxious Icelanders awaited him. Only some of them received their tickets, but others did not. People crowded around him once he arrived, but in the end, police escorted him away from the area, possibly to protect him.
The man in question has since spoken to media and declared that he has every intention of refunding the tickets. He claims he was betrayed by UEFA and considers a law suit.
He denies accusations that the tickets were fake or unjustly obtained. “After the game between Iceland and England, the people who had provided me with tickets to that game contacted me. I was offered to sell tickets to the game between Iceland and France,” he told RÚV.
On Saturday night, he had not yet received the tickets and decided to obtain tickets elsewhere. He was, however, unable to get as many as he had promised. He arrived late at the stadium and was unable to control the situation there. “The situation was terrible,” he commented.
Update: UEFA has told mbl.is that the tickets in question were not purchased from them.
The Icelander who purchased 450 tickets claims he bought them from the UEFA’s head of ticket sales and has provided a copy of an email to that effect. The email was from Nicole, claiming to bear that title. UEFA denies having any employee by the name of Nicole.
A communications director at UEFA told mbl.is, “We have repeatedly told the public that tickets can only be purchased through our website, UEFA.com. Tickets which are not purchased there are counterfeit or invalid.”