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COUNTDOWN TO THE FA CUP FINAL: POLICE SEIZE FAKE TICKETS.

Byline: DAVID MATHER

SOCCER fans were warned yesterday about a flood of fake tickets for the FA Cup final - as black market prices hit pounds 1,000 a seat.

Police have seized counterfeit tickets for Saturday's match at Cardiff between Arsenal and Liverpool.

Police chiefs and match officials fear that hundreds of lookalike tickets are being sold to unsuspecting fans.

The tickets are perfect copies of the real tickets, except that a vital hologram is missing.

This means any fan with a fake ticket will not get into the ground because the ticket will be rejected by the electronic turnstile.

Touts are asking as much as pounds 1,000 for a prime position ticket.

Supt Neil Jellings said: "Fans should just buy tickets from official sources and not from a stranger in a pub or club.

"It would be awful for fans to think they have got a ticket only to be turned away."

Police in Wales are linking up with colleagues in London and Liverpool to try to track down the counterfeiters.

A police spokesman said: "By the time the fans realise they've been duped the faker will be long gone and counting his haul."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 10, 2001
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